NOLA Leaders Advance Prison Reforms


(04/30/2014)
On April 17 the City of New Orleans and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office signed a partial settlement concerning sweeping improvements to the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP). These changes, required under terms of a federal consent decree, address improvements to both living conditions and management of the facility. Costs for the court-ordered upgrades have been estimated at up to $22 million.

Orleans Parish Prison Consent Decree is Result of Poor Facilities, Sheriff Says


(04/10/2013)
The security failings of the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) are due to poor conditions of prison facilities, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. The prison has been under severe scrutiny since a federal court hearing was opened April 1 concerning the OPP consent decree, a proposed agreement between Gusman and the U.S Justice Department to improve conditions at the notorious jail.