Rolling In and Rolling Out of Orleans Parish Prison

It’s a whole new world of rolling in/out now that OPP has a giant, spankin’ fresh inmate processing center courtesy of FEMA.  OPP hasn’t had proper facilities to process prisoners since Katrina, and for decades, facilities were never quite big enough for NOPD’s voracious appetite.

A recent survey of rolling in/out combined times averages 31 hours, that’s roughly 15.5 hours each way.

The new processing center is a marvel of inefficiency. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The all night shift features half booking! They get you to medical, take your picture, and fingerprint you.  Then you are returned to the tank population.  You still haven’t been booked. The new booking area and the large tank are both very large rooms, with extremely high ceilings, like a couple of  big gymnasiums. They keep the temperature very cold year round.  In the summer, people are booked without much clothing on, so they freeze. The new giant booking area isn’t very green- the ceiling is roughly 100 feet up, and that’s a lot of wasted space to cool.

~ by neworleansmusicman on December 8, 2010.

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