Mayor, council discuss NOPD consent decree
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council and Mayor Mitch Landrieu are meeting to discuss the financial burdens posed by separate agreements to reform aspects of the city's criminal justice system.
One of those agreements is the much-heralded agreement the city reached with the U.S. Justice Department last July for reform of the police department. The city now is trying to get out of that agreement, saying the Justice Department's separate agreement for jail reform with Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman jeopardizes the city's financial health.
Although Gusman runs the jail, the city provides money to operate it and Landrieu's administration says the jail agreement will be so expensive that it could lead to furloughs and cutbacks that could jeopardize police reform efforts.