NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The City of New Orleans alleges Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman disregarded city and state laws when he approved an $80 million contract for inmate health care at the parish jail.
The city filed a motion asking a federal judge to void the contract with Correct Care Solutions. The motion states that Gusman did not have the authority to enter into the contract on Oct. 14, 2014.
The city calls the price tag "exorbitant" and asks for the chance to pursue a "more financially responsible contract while ensuring that OPP inmates receive medical care consistent with constitution standards."
The city also accuses Gusman and Correct Care Solutions of repeatedly dodging the City Council and its requests to review the agreement and determine how the city would pay for it.
New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin pointed out that CCS had contracts with other prisons that had populations in line with OPP for $9.13 and $12.46 per inmate per day, according to court documents. He urged Gusman to "aggressively negotiate" CCS down from their proposed price of $14.97 per inmate per day.
The sheriff's deal ended up at $20 per inmate per day, according to a report from Nola.com | The Times-Picayune. It is more than twice as much as Jefferson Parish pays for health care at its jail.
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The sheriff's office did not return a request for comment.