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Government monitors issue first report on OPP reform

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - People in charge of implementing reforms at Orleans Parish Prison say the prison has much more work to do.

Government monitors issued their first quarterly report Thursday on conditions at OPP.

They say inmates continue to be at risk of serious harm. They also say OPP has insufficient health professional and security staffing.

In the report, they thank all parties involved in the process of reforming the jail. They say they're sure each party is committed to improving conditions.

"We are making progress on the consent agreement," Sheriff Marlin Gusman said. "We face challenges and we are making every effort to improve. Our work prior to this first report is ahead of schedule compared with jails of similar size facing compliance requirements. We will continue to cooperate with the monitoring team and we will continue to achieve compliance in due course. We welcome the first compliance report from Lead Monitor Susan McCampbell and the rest of the independent monitoring team."

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