Feds Taking Over New Orleans Parish Prison

Hurricane Katrina revealed the dark side of the New Orleans Parish Prison system, particularly the notorious house of detention. The world was shocked by the images of imates locked in their cells and abandoned by guards as the flood waters rose. Stories of neglect and abuse in the House of Detention gained national attention. Investigations into the prison facility by the Department of Justice followed, and a report was issues citing massive problems with the physical facility, staff training, management, access to medical care, violations of civil rights, and kickbacks to prison administration staff. https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2012/04/23/parish_update_4-23-12.pdf Major changes were called for. It was clear that the corruption went all the way to the top, the Orleans Parish Sheriff.

Marlin N. Guzman was elected to the post of sheriff, and he  promised to cooperate with the Department of Justice (DOJ); however, inspections of the facility by DOJ staff found that little progress had been made. After numerous attempts to work with Guzman, DOJ asked for judicial intervention or a consent decree.  They argued that Gusman was unable or unwilling to make the needed changes and that direct oversight of the New Orleans Prisons was warranted.  The prison system would then go into receivership. This process has happened in other jurisdictions. Receivership was ordered by the court in

Marlin N. Gusman

June 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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