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Inmates did drugs, drank beer in Orleans Parish prison

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago April 02, 2013 Apr 2, 2013 Tuesday, April 02 2013 April 02, 2013 11:20 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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