OPSO and public defender reach agreement on visitation guidelines

New Orleans, La. - Orleans Parish Prison attorneys worked out an agreement with defense attorneys over access to their clients at the prison.

Public defenders had sued the sheriff claiming there was a lack of confidentiality in attorney - inmate meetings at the prison.

In a statement, Sheriff Gusman says the new agreement provides for advance notice to the sheriffs office for visits and sets parameters on when attorneys can visit.

The meetings will take place in the house of detention and the sheriff's office agrees to make more modifications to the facility to accommodate the attorney client meetings.

Sheriff Gusman says, "I am pleased that we were able to develop a solution that accounts for the security responsibilities of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office and the needs of attorneys working with inmates in our custody."