The Mayor and Sheriff are in a heated war of words over who will be ultimately responsible for the millions of dollars needed to revamp the troubled jail facility.
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Gusman acknowledged problems at the House of Detention, the part of the OPP facility where the videos were shot.
In his press release, Gusman wrote, "The House of Detention is a city-owned building in a state of disrepair and abhorrent lack of proper security measures. I closed the House of Detention last year because of these problems...The House of Detention is an outdated building not suitable for today’s inmate supervision standards and security. Following Hurricane Katrina, we were forced to reopen the House of Detention to house inmates, because other inmate facilities were destroyed by the floods. It was never meant to be a long-term solution. In addition, we have been using eight temporary tents to house inmates. These facilities were never meant to be used this long for these purposes."
In light of this disturbing evidence, we again request the Department of Justice join us in immediately putting a federal receiver in place to manage the jail. It is now clearer than ever that the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is not keeping the prison secure and our city safe.
The people of the city are investing over $226 million to build new prison facilities and over $30 million each year in the taxpayer money to operate the jail. I cannot in good conscience cut vital services or raise taxes to put even more money into an office where waste, fraud, and abuse run rampant. The only way to fix the problem is to put a federal receiver in place that will run a safe and secure jail in a financially responsible way.