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Mayor, sheriff reach deal on funding for OPP reforms

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NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge on Monday approved a settlement between the city and Sheriff Marlin Gusman to implement some of the court-ordered reforms at Orleans Parish Prison in 2013.

The city of New Orleans will put up $1.88 million this year to pay for extra security and medical personnel. The money will also go toward raising the base pay for staff at the city's jail.

The settlement will jumpstart the provisions of the jail consent decree. Gusman said he's pleased that it will provide jail deputies with a "livable wage."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said he, too, is pleased, but there's a long way to go.

"It's a dynamic issue," Landrieu said. "It's going to take us some time to resolve this. At the end of the day, what we are looking for is a jail that is constitutional, but is also run well, managed well and is sustained in a way that we don't have to threaten vital public services like fire and police protection. We'll keep working very hard till we get there."

The City Council will decide on funding beyond 2013 for the Sheriff's Office. The entire consent decree could cost up to $22 million a year.

The sheriff must provide the city with details on how the $1.88 million is spent. Any money left over at the end of the year must be returned to the city.

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