Hearing to determine control of Orleans jail resumes today

Hearing to determine control of Orleans jail resumes today

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A federal court hearing resumes today to decide whether control of the New Orleans jail should be turned over to an independent third party.
Such a move would strip Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of one of his major duties.
Yesterday, a court-appointed monitor said Gusman's staff lacks the knowledge needed to run the jail.

Monitor Susan McCampbell testified that two years after the consent decree was implemented, the Orleans jail remains a poorly run and dangerous place. She also testified that there is no plan to bring it into compliance and at the current rate of improvement.

McCampbell said in terms of staff training, the jail needs to be built from the ground up.

McCampbell said if Gusman were left to the task, it would be a three to four-year project, which is much longer than Africk wants process to take.

Gusman's lawyers say the sheriff needs more time to fix issues at the jail. They also contend the jail has made substantial strides towards compliance with the federal consent decree.
The U.S. District Judge Lance Africk told both sides he wants to conclude the hearing today.

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