NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Sheriff Marlin Gusman says his office transferred 180 local pre-trial detainees from Orleans Parish Prison to jails in East Carroll and Franklin parishes.
In a news release, Sheriff Gusman describes the transfer as " in advance of the Sheriff's Office expected move into the new correctional complex next week."
The move brought a strong reaction from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Office.
A statement from First Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin fired back, "Sheriff Gusman insists on doing Governor Jindal's job for him at the expense of Orleans Parish taxpayers. Moving local inmates out of Orleans Parish Prison at an extra cost in order to house state prisoners that are not our responsibility is not only fiscal insanity, but is also the height of irresponsibility."
Sheriff Gusman says his office notified the Office of the Public Defender which represents most of the transferred inmates.
Gusman contends the transfer was conducted with the full knowledge of the federal monitor overseeing the consent agreement and U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk.
The Sheriff's news release also indicates plans to move more inmates at a later date.
The Landrieu administration has made requests to both the Sheriff and the Department of Corrections to move more than 350 state prisoners out of the jail facility in New Orleans.
The administration contends that would make it possible for more local inmates to remain in New Orleans.
Last week the city issued a temporary certificate of occupancy for the new $145 million dollar jail facility.