Sheriff's office begins moving inmates to East Carroll Parish

Published: Jan. 22, 2016 at 7:25 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2016 at 10:06 PM CST
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The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office began transferring inmates out of town Friday morning to meet the requirements prescribed by the federal consent decree.

About 140 low and medium security inmates will be housed in East Carroll Parish, and the OPSO will make additional staffing changes to increase deputy manpower in the new jail.

In a Jan. 14 letter, the consent decree monitor said staffing at the jail was not adequate to ensure inmate safety.

The sheriff's office says staffing has dropped because the city will not agree to pay trained deputies a living wage.

The city responded by saying it supports transferring state inmates, but local Orleans Parish pre-trial prisoners should stay in New Orleans.

"Transferring local inmates has already and will continue to place undue burden on our criminal justice system.  It is also unnecessary because without the state inmates there is more than enough room in the OPSO's new Phase II facility and the Temporary Detention Center to house all of the local inmates," said Sarah McLaughlin, Director of Communications for the Landrieu administration.

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