Security changes at Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse
NEW ROADS- Pointe Coupee Parish officials implemented several changes at the courthouse in New Roads in an effort to improve security.
Anyone entering the courthouse, whenever court hearings are taking place, will only be able to do so at the courthouse's front entrance. Visitors will have to show identification and sign in before they pass through a metal detector manned by a sheriff's deputy.
The changes come more than a month after state District Court Judge James Best fired off a scathing letter to parish officials for what he called "security breaches" after witnessing several near-violent courtroom outbursts between law enforcement and visitors.
The changes, which began Tuesday, are just the beginning of the Police Jury's effort to upgrade the historic courthouse and improve the building's antiquated facade.