NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Orleans Parish is now in the process of transferring over half of the inmates house at the Orleans Parish prison to other prisons around the state, according court documents detailing the moves.
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman is ordering the temporary transfers to meet the requirements of a federal consent decree.
In total approximately 600 inmates will be moved out of the Orleans Justice Center, leaving 533 in the facility.
So far, 105 inmates have been moved to the East Carrol Parish Detention Center and will move another 33 inmates by the end of the day.
OPSO will also transfer more inmates elsewhere by the end of next week.
According to the documents filed by attorneys for Gusman, a low pay scale has made it difficult to recruit and retain the number of deputies required under the consent judgment.
The sheriff believes the plan would allow his office to properly train the staff and have the appropriate number of deputies.