Monitor cites slow progress in Orleans jail reforms

Monitor cites slow progress in Orleans jail reforms

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The monitor overseeing reforms at the New Orleans jail says progress has been made, but the jail remains a dangerous place, still plagued by inmates' assaults on each other and on jail staff, attempted suicides, and allegations of sexual assault.

Susan McCampbell's latest report, a 130-page document, was filed Wednesday in federal court. It says health and mental health care at the facility remains insufficient, while sanitation and cleanliness are poor.

The court is overseeing implementation of an agreement approved in 2013 between the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office and lawyers for inmates and the U.S. Justice Department.

The report cites numerous unresolved issues with a much-delayed new jail. It remains unclear how some groups of inmates, including mentally ill and juvenile detainees, will be separated from the general population.

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