Sheriff requesting $40M for jail reforms

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The city of New Orleans is balking at meeting Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman's request for nearly $40 million in funding to pay for a series of court-supervised jail reforms.

In a court filing Wednesday, city attorneys say the amount of money that Gusman is seeking would have a crippling effect on the city's operations.

The Justice Department and sheriff's office are negotiating a settlement designed to improve conditions at the city's only jail. Although both sides have agreed on the substantive terms of a proposed settlement, they haven't been able to compromise on the amount of funding that the city should pay to begin implementing the reforms.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk has suggested appointing a special master to review the funding issue.

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