Hundreds More Prisoners to be Relocated to Plaquemines!
Under a plan hatched by Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s court ordered stand-in, Gary D. Maynard, months ago, half the inmates in the new jail will move temporarily move to the empty new Plaquemines jail. The irony here is just amazing. Our new jail will be mostly empty! Instead of working the new training into the staffs’ schedules, for example an extra two or three classes a week for a total of 6 to 12 hours, seems easier and cheaper than incurring the large cost of transporting hundreds of inmates around for a few months.
A 6-week training program is supposed to work miracles in fixing a jail staff that is underpaid and demoralized by years of constant acting out by both the inmates and the staff. Meanwhile, the hundreds of inmates awaiting trial in far flung jails around the state cannot get access to their families, support network or attorneys . Defense attorneys, judges and families are frustrated by this negative turn of events.
In late 2015, Gusman began housing hundreds of prisoners in Northern Louisiana due to a deputy shortage that has endangered both the inmates and deputies.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office agreed to take 200 New Orleans inmates at the new Pointe a la Hache 871 bed jail, which has stood empty since opening in 2015. Plaquemines has been unable to field enough trained deputies to man the new jail, but Plaquemines Sheriff Gerald Turlich, Jr. said he’s hired a dozen new correctional officers with the hopes of expanding the jail’s population.
Turlich said the city of New Orleans will pony up 28 dollars a day, just about 4 bucks more than the State Department of Public Safety and Corrections pays to sheriffs’ housing state prisoners.
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is mandated by state law to pay for the housing of New Orleans prisoners, completely supports Maynard’s plan to temporarily relocate inmates out of New Orleans so the staff can be properly trained.