Statement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman Regarding 2009 Inmate Activities in House of Detention

gusman, marlin sheriff(Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office) – Following is a statement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman regarding today’s testimony about the House of Detention in 2009 as part of the U.S. District Court’s Consent Decree hearing:

“I will be available to respond to media inquiries following the consent decree hearing, which is expected to be tomorrow afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office will notify the media regarding a specific time and location.

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The House of Detention is an outdated building not suitable for today’s inmate supervision standards and security.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.”