Opening of New Orleans jail delayed until April at earliest
NEW ORLEANS - It now looks as though the new $145 million jail in New Orleans won't open until April at the earliest.
The opening is now well past the May 2014 opening date once projected. A federal judge overseeing a reform plan for the jail is doubtful that the new building will be ready even in April.
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said during a Thursday hearing that the new jail won't open until Sheriff Marlin Gusman finds a replacement for a chief corrections deputy who recently resigned.
Africk also noted that the jail, as it was built, cannot accommodate groups of juvenile detainees and dangerous inmates who need to be housed separately from the general population.