Mayor Landrieu issues statement on Consent Decree ruling

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landrieu – mitch 01New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement regarding Judge Africk’s ruling on the OPSO consent decree and the Inspector General’s report on OPSO funding:

“Judge Africk’s ruling today is a clear condemnation of the conditions and operations of the Orleans Parish Prison.  He also noted that the Court has not determined that any additional funds are needed to remedy the problems.   Separately, the Inspector General today reported that ‘the jail appears to be adequately funded, and neither additional money nor financial audits would fix its problems.’   I will continue to make our case to the Court that the problems at OPP are more about management than money.  The only way to fix the conditions and operations at the jail is to put a federal receiver in place that will run a safe and secure jail in a financially responsible way.”