New Orleans issues stop-work order on new jail
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has ordered a halt to work on a new, nearly finished $145 million city jail that has been hailed by the city's sheriff as the answer to horrendous conditions at the current lockup.
A City Hall news release Wednesday said the jail hasn't been built to house all types of inmates - including those with medical and mental health needs. The city says accommodating such prisoners was a requirement of permits issued by the City Council.
That's a problem already aired in federal court, where a judge is overseeing implementation of an order for numerous reforms at the jail complex.
Landrieu has been highly critical of Sheriff Marlin Gusman's management of the jail. Gusman has criticized the city for failing to provide adequate funding.