Lawyers huddle at federal court on jail reforms
NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the city of New Orleans, the New Orleans sheriff and inmates at the city's notoriously dangerous jail have been meeting for hours in federal court to discuss a plan to house mentally ill New Orleans prisoners at the state's Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.
Monday morning's discussions began at a closed-door meeting and continued in open court with U.S. District Judge Lance Africk presiding.
The city, which funds the jail, is raising questions about the costs of the plan submitted by Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who operates the jail.
Gusman and Mayor Mitch Landrieu have been at odds over the costs of court-ordered jail reforms.
Gusman had sought to force Landrieu to testify about jail funding Monday. City lawyers objected and Landrieu was not called to testify.