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EBR officials differ on courthouse security costs

2 years ago March 02, 2013 Mar 2, 2013 Saturday, March 02 2013 Saturday, March 02, 2013 3:53:32 PM CST in News

BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says the cost of providing deputies to guard the 19th Judicial District Courthouse is straining his budget.

A spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office says the cost of providing one deputy per courtroom at the courthouse is reimbursed by the city-parish at a cost of $152,184 annually.

But The Advocate reports that Gautreaux said in a recent letter to the attorney general that the judges have called for deputies to provide additional security. Gautreaux said neither the city-parish, nor the judges, provide additional compensation for the added security, which adds more than $2 million in costs.

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden says the city-parish's current reimbursement covers what is required by law. Holden says the sheriff should use his own money.

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