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State seeks to have judge end consent decree

3 years 1 month 12 hours ago Monday, September 22 2014 Sep 22, 2014 September 22, 2014 10:39 AM September 22, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - State officials have asked a federal judge in New Orleans to lift a 2011 court settlement that was intended to help Louisiana inmates who are deemed incompetent to stand trial to receive faster placement at the state mental health facility in Jackson.

Instead, officials say they languish for months in parish jails without adequate treatment.

Attorneys for the Department of Health and Hospitals filed court papers contending the state has "more than substantially complied" with the terms of the consent decree.

The state's lawyers said the consent decree was supposed to end three years after it took effect and should be dismissed after U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Wednesday.

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