Inmates did drugs, drank beer in Orleans Parish prison
NEW ORLEANS - Video showing inmates at the New Orleans jail apparently snorting drugs, drinking beer and in possession of at least one large handgun was shown Tuesday during a hearing in U.S. District Court.
The recordings, believed made by inmates, were aired during the second day of hearings on a proposed agreement between the Justice Department and Sheriff Marlin Gusman to improve conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison. It was unclear when the video was recorded.
Manny Romero, a prison consultant testifying for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Justice Department, said after viewing the video that he had never seen such dysfunction in a jail, and that the amount and nature of some of the contraband suggests prisoners may have had help from jail staff in obtaining it.