Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman announced a partial and temporary funding of the sheriff office’s federal consent decree.
The agreement will dedicate $1.88 million for hiring additional deputies and medical staff at the parish jail. It will also give deputies a pay raise.
Landrieu’s office also pointed out that the agreement was reached without any court order. A statement from the mayor’s office also said the money will come from funds saved by reducing pretrial population at the jail.
Gusman’s office released a statement saying that, while a judge did not order the agreement, U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk did sign off on it.
Gusman says the money will be used, among other things, to hire 42 additional jail security personnel.
Gusman’s statement also showed the pay increases included in the agreement. Base pay for deputies will see the biggest boost going from $21,000 to $27,000 a year. Corporals, sergeants, and lieutenants will also get pay raises between $1,000 to $5,000.
Landrieu’s office says continuing the funding in 2014 will be part of the upcoming budget hearings for that year.