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Opening of New Orleans Parish Prison postponed again

1 year 6 months 20 hours ago June 09, 2015 Jun 9, 2015 Tuesday, June 09 2015 June 09, 2015 7:07 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a new prison facility for Orleans Parish inmates will not open until mid-August at the earliest.

Authorities said Monday there are complications with an electronic security system that controls everything from cell doors to videoconferencing. Officials say problems with the security system must be ironed out before the 1,438-bed jail can safely accept inmates.

The $145 million lockup, once slated to open last year, had been scheduled to be completed this month.

The jail's opening has been delayed at least a half-dozen times, preventing Orleans Parish prison inmates from moving out of a facility whose conditions have been deemed unconstitutional.

Image: WWL-TV

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