NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office released a video Tuesday showing its new jail facility.
(Mobile users can see the video here: http://shout.lt/777c.)
In 2013, a federal judge approved a consent decree for the Orleans Parish Prison aimed at implementing sweeping reforms at a prison that had been called inhumane and unsafe.
The video, which is of the Templeman III and IV Replacement Facilities, shows two-person cells, an expansive inmate dormitory with game tables and sliding security doors, a deputy station with monitors showing surveillance of the various areas, medical facilities and visitation areas, classrooms and special features such as "suicide prevention hooks" that prevent inmates from anchoring sheets or other items to hang themselves.
In a news release accompanying the video, the Sheriff's Office said, "The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in 2015 will open this state-of-the-art, direct supervision jail facility in New Orleans. We will be able to house virtually all types of inmates."
An exact date for the opening was not given.