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Monitor: New Orleans jail far from reformed

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Posted: Aug 26, 2014 2:31 PM by Kevin McGill
Updated: Aug 26, 2014 2:31 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: jail reform, New Orleans, mental health, Orleans Parish

NEW ORLEANS - A court-appointed monitor's report says reform efforts at the New Orleans jail are moving slowly while inmates and staff "continue to face grave harm."

Responding to Tuesday's report by monitor Susan McCampbell, Sheriff Marlin Gusman said he's committed to the court-ordered reforms. Gusman said his office is in final negotiations to contract with a new mental health and medical care provider. And he's hired a compliance officer who will help speed up compliance with the reforms.

The monitor's report said mental health care is "virtually non-existent" at the jail while fire safety and sanitation problems remain.

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