About 80 Plaquemines inmates leave Orleans Parish Prison

About 80 Plaquemines inmates leave Orleans Parish Prison

POINTE A LA HACHE, La. (AP) - Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, Plaquemines Parish inmates are in a new parish jail.

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman tells The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/1zFyoOO ) that Plaquemines Parish deputies took about 80 inmates from the Orleans Parish jail to the new jail on Thursday.

The $120 million jail has space for 870 inmates.

NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/1v10R6b ) reports that during ceremonies Wednesday, federal, state and local officials often referred to an inherited problem.

Former Sheriff Jiff Hingle is in prison for taking bribes from a jail contractor.

Gusman says the Plaquemines inmates' departure is another sign of recovery from Katrina.

They had been in the Orleans Parish jail since 2008.

The new jail was built 19 feet above the ground to satisfy federal flood zone rules.

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