Gusman and city at odds over moving inmates

Gusman and city at odds over moving inmates

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Some Orleans Parish inmates will soon move out of the city.

In a news conference Friday, Sheriff Marlin Gusman said he does not have the funds or the staff to house inmates in accordance with the federal consent decree over the new Orleans Parish Prison.

That means 75 inmates will go to other jails around the state in the next 10 days. Another 120 inmates participating in the re-entry program will also move out of the parish.

Pointing specifically at the City of New Orleans, Gusman said his deputies are not paid a living wage, which makes hiring and keeping trained deputies especially hard.

"We're not empowered to force the city to acknowledge that public safety has to be the top priority for New Orleans," Gusman said. "But I, for one, and I can't speak for anyone else, I'm going keep public safety as my top priority."

In response to Gusman, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's press secretary issued a statement saying public safety is the city's top priority, as well.

The city supports moving state inmates out of Orleans Parish, but believes local pre-trial inmates should stay in New Orleans.

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