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Lawsuit: Transgender inmate raped at New Orleans' new jail

3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago September 21, 2016 Sep 21, 2016 Wednesday, September 21 2016 September 21, 2016 2:01 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - A federal lawsuit says a transgender inmate was raped after being locked up with a male prisoner last year in the newly opened New Orleans jail.

The lawsuit says the victim is a transgender woman arrested last September for failing to appear in court on a disturbing the peace charge. The suit names Sheriff Marlin Gusman, a jail warden and a deputy as defendants.

The lawsuit claims she was put into a cell with a violent inmate who raped her. It also claims a guard didn't respond to screams for help.

Gusman heralded the opening of the new jail building as a milestone in reforming the violent New Orleans lockup. Critics say problems from the old lockup persisted, including failures to properly classify and separate violent inmates from vulnerable ones.

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