Sheriff Gusman responds to OPP hearing in Federal Court
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New Orleans, La.- At some point this week, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman is expected to testify at a hearing on the Federal Court's Consent Decree.
But, the Sheriff isn't waiting until he gets on the stand to respond to some of the testimony so far in that hearing. He issued a statement this morning addressing in particular, testimony related to the House of Detention in 2009.
Here is Gusman's statement:
"The House of Detention is a city-owned building in a state of disrepair and abhorrent lack of proper security measures. I closed the House of Detention last year because of these problems.The House of Detention is an outdated building not suitable for today's inmate supervision standards and security. Following Hurricane Katrina, we were forced to reopen the House of Detention to house inmates, because other inmate facilities were destroyed by the floods. It was never meant to be a long-term solution. In addition, we have been using eight temporary tents to house inmates. These facilities were never meant to be used this long for these purposes."
Tuesday in Federal Court a video was played which showed inmates inside the jail apparently drinking beer and using drugs. One inmate in the video even displayed a handgun.
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