NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The sheriff who runs New Orleans' notoriously dangerous jail has reached agreement with inmates' lawyers and federal attorneys to avoid a contempt citation over slow progress with jail reforms.
The agreement was filed Friday in federal court and is subject to a judge's approval. It includes a requirement that Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office submit a plan by April 30 for opening a new $145 million jail facility.
Gusman has said the new building will go a long way toward solving problems at the current, aging jail complex. But the opening date has been delayed, in part because the building did not include facilities to separate juveniles and dangerous inmates from the general jail population.