Mayor Landrieu Asks Governor Jindal to Remove Last State Prisoners from OPP!!
I really thought this occurred a year ago. The state and feds pulled all their prisoners from Orleans Parish Prison due to the unconstitutional conditions that exist inside the jail. This is from another post called Mayor Landrieu Appeals OPP Consent Decree– The mayor has been telling the court that Gusman should pay for the jail reforms. The jail is broke, I’ve written about this many times before, and Gusman told Judge Africk that he was broke, broke, broke. Why is he so broke? The feds and state have taken all their prisoners and housed them elsewhere. Why? The jail is unsafe for prisoners.
Turns out the mayor has a point here, there are still some state prisoners in our local jail. The vast majority of the state prisoners have left, approximately 1,020 has been reduced to 349. I admit, it is tough for the jailer to pay for all the things the mayor would like him to pay for, since his census is down 250% from the heyday a decade ago under Foti.
The mayor claims he’s doing this to save millions of dollars. I’m not sure of this as the state has to pay for the prisoners it houses at Orleans Parish Prison. That’s always the deal, someone has to pay for prisoners in a someone else’s jail. The major says other parishes are warehousing their prisoners at OPP. The mayor claims 380 state prisoners are in OPP.
The mayor cleverly points out the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center has been horribly overbuilt and only 100 beds of the 871 beds will be utilized. Two of the three wings of the new jail will be mothballed and must be climate controlled to prevent mold and mildew from moving in. Why not house these prisoners where there’s plenty of room?, says the mayor. However, a Department of Corrections spokeswoman has said the state has no plans to send more prisoners to Plaquemines.
The mayor has to pay for OPP services, but he’s very frustrated at his lack of control. Once the feds move in with their consent decree, the mayor’s influence wanes substantially.
Marlin Gusman has responded to the mayor’s letter stating that many of the remaining state prisoners are involved in work-release, community service and re-entry programs, which are intended to reduce recidivism.
A word about our jail and how many prisoners are in it. The prior jailer, Charles Foti, ran a huge jail with 5 or 6 thousand inmates at any one time. Under Marlin Gusman, there are 2,167 prisoners, according to the latest jail census taken last week. We have a terrible and unique way of paying for our inmates, the jailer gets a per diem for each prisoner. That is bad because the more inmates, the more money. Around the country, jails are paid for by state legislatures.
~ by neworleansmusicman on September 20, 2014.