New facility to help New Orleans jail reform plan
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a planned Sept. 30 hearing on jail reforms in New Orleans, while the city advances plans for a new building to hold inmates who should not be mixed with the general jail population.
Those plans were outlined in court papers filed this week about an agreement between Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration and the man who runs the jail, Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
The city, which funds the jail, remains at odds with Gusman over the cost of a court-backed jail reform agreement he signed with the Justice Department. In papers filed Friday, the city again accused Gusman of poor management, saying he should stop funding "mounted patrols" and various community events at the expense of jail improvements. Gusman said the city underfunds the jail.
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