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OPSO prepares to hand off electronic monitoring duties

OPSO to end involvment in electronic monitoring program OPSO to end involvment in electronic monitoring program
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office ends its participation in the parish's Electronic Monitoring Program next month, according to a statement from Sheriff Marlin Gusman. 

"Effective Monday, Oct. 17, 2015, the OPSO will cease its active involvement in the operation of the EMP. In November 2014, the OPSO announced it would end its role in the program on Jan. 2, 2015. After discussions with the New Orleans City Council, we agreed to extend this timeline by 30 days on Jan. 1, 2015. Since this time, we have not had a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement or contract with the City of New Orleans. The City has not paid the OPSO for any of the expenses associated with the operation of the EMP since January 1, 2015. These expenses include the salaries paid to OPSO deputies working in the program."

Gusman says there are 55 people currently being monitored under EMP. He says his office will make its staffers available to help the New Orleans Police Department with the transition. 

"The OPSO is concentrating its efforts on holding behind bars those who truly need to be there and focusing on its primary mission of providing for the care, custody and control of inmates," says Gusman in the statement. 

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