New OPSO Chief of Corrections Carmen DeSadier May Be Another Sadist In The Sheriff’s Shack


In April, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman announced that he had appointed Carmen I. DeSadier to be the new chief of corrections for his office, a position she assumed on May 4th. As Chief of Corrections, she will be tasked with implementing the reforms mandated by a federal consent decree in order to bring Orleans Parish Jail into constitutional compliance.

DeSadier comes to us after having risen from a correctional officer to First Assistant Executive Director Sheriff within the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago, IL. Cook County Jail is widely regarded as one of the most violent jails in the country. During a hearing in October 2014, an expert witness testified that the violence in parts of Cook County Jail was some of the worst jail violence he’s ever seen.

Not only was DeSadier a senior administrator in one of the most violent jails in the country, she herself has a less-than-clean track record. A 1993 internal affairs report stated that while working as a sergeant in the jail, DeSadier brought a “large group of officers” who are said to have beaten a group of 15 inmates after an inmate called DeSadier “Olive Oyl.” Despite Cook County paying out millions of dollars over abuse of prisoners, and her involvement in such abuses, DeSadier has since been promoted and worked her way up to becoming a senior administrator.

In a twist of small world carceral irony, Cook County jail, like OPP, is also under a federal consent decree being monitored by Susan McCampbell, the same lead monitor overseeing OPP’s 2-year old consent decree. DeSadier had worked for Cook County jail for at least a decade before a consent decree was issued in 2010. What was her role in leading the jail towards a place deemed so violent as to be unconstitutional? Where is the record of her complaints of abuse, or are there only complaints leveled against her? Under her oversight, why has the consent decree at Cook County Jail been in place for 5 years without being lifted? Why did Sheriff Gusman hire a senior administrator at one of the most violent jails in the country to run ours? In her most recent Summary of Findings of Compliance, Susan McCampbell failed to find the sheriff fully in compliance with any of the 174 paragraphs of the Consent Judgment. In other words, in the face of failure, Sheriff Gusman brought in a senior administrator from one of America’s most notoriously failing jails.

This hiring is just the latest in Sheriff Gusman’s mis-handling of the jail. From ignoring City Council’s 1438-bed mandate for the new jail, to his “incompetently negotiated and illegal” health care contract for inmate health care at Orleans Parish Prison, Sheriff Gusman has proven yet again his lack of commitment to a smaller, safer jail.

Given the Sheriff’s mis-management and questionable judgment, his unilateral appointment must be called into question. The process through which DeSadier was selected remains murky; according to the Sheriff’s website, a national search was conducted. The members of her selection committee, if there was one, remain unknown. Unlike the process in which former Chief of Corrections Michael Tidwell was hired, DeSadier’s selection process appears to have been a unilateral decision on the part of the sheriff.

Michael Tidwell, the former Chief of Corrections who resigned in December, wrote in his resignation letter that he hoped his resignation would allow the sheriff to “hire someone more in tune with (his) management style and agency vision.” This begs the question to be answered; is safer, smaller and/or more humane found anywhere in the Sheriff’s vision when it pertains to OPP?

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Landrieu’s Letter to Jindal is a Good Start, But Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Last week, local news media reported that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants state inmates out of the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP). In a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal, Landrieu asked the Governor to remove the approximately 380 Department of Corrections (DOC) prisoners currently doing time at OPP. The mayor wrote, “At this time it is clear that the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office needs to dedicate all its energy and resources to their primary mission, which is to safely and constitutionally house local prisoners.”

The importance of this letter lies in the ongoing debates about the future of OPP, as well as criminal justice in Orleans Parish in general. For example, as we write, the Sheriff’s Office continues to defy even the most basic requirements of the ongoing federal consent decree. Furthermore, the construction of a new, $145 million jail on Perdido Street has become a stubborn pursuit by Sheriff Marlin Gusman to house as many prisoners as possible. While the City Council unanimously passed a 2011 mandate capping the new prison at 1,438 beds, the Sheriff is now seeking an additional facility, or Phase III, to house acutely mentally ill inmates (he failed to equip the first housing facility to accommodate these prisoners). Such a building, of course, would include room for general population inmates and put the new OPP over the original bed limit.

Because the parish’s current jail remains a human rights catastrophe, and because Gusman still attempts to justify the construction of Phase III on the backs of our community’s most vulnerable inmates, Landrieu’s letter to the Governor resonates deeply with those of us who wish to hold Gusman to the original 1,438 bed cap. Removing DOC prisoners, as well as 65 Plaquemines Parish inmates, would lower the current OPP population. Less prisoners would, in theory, go a long way in alleviating the current problems identified in the consent decree. Furthermore, less prisoners would, in theory, mitigate the need for Phase III. As the City Council continues to argue, Gusman can retrofit the current Phase II facility to accommodate the acutely mentally ill without a new building. Less inmates, in other words, would enable the Sheriff’s Office to, in Landrieu’s words, “safely and constitutionally house local prisoners.”

But Sheriff Gusman sees things differently. In response to the letter the mayor sent to Jindal, Gusman penned a letter to the New Orleans Advocate claiming that Landriew’s request is “misguided and, if implemented, would have adverse effects on public safety and an immediate increase in costs.” First, Gusman warns that removing DOC prisoners would eliminate a successful state-funded re-entry program. Gusman writes:

Eliminating a well-established and successful re-entry program increases the likelihood that — without the program — released inmates would re-offend, thereby creating and prolonging a cycle of recidivism and adding to the cost of re-arrest, prosecution and ultimately re-incarceration. The program actually saves the city more than $1 million annually.

On face value, this is a plausible claim. Few advocates of criminal justice reform would argue against successful re-entry programs.

However, we must consider the source of this claim, coming as it is from a man who also exploits the real needs of the mentally ill to justify building a larger jail.

The remainder, and vast majority, of Gusman’s response to Landrieu betrays the cynicism that underlies his espoused concerns for the incarcerated. He is, at the end of the day, worried about his bottom line.

Giving up DOC prisoners would require Gusman to hire community members to work in the OPP kitchen, as opposed to the far cheaper alternative of forced inmate labor. The sheriff also warns that losing DOC inmates would deny “the Coroner’s Office and other public agencies” state-subsidized labor that protects them from having to pay standard wages to unincarcerated citizens. Gusman adds, “Community service workers pick up trash after football games. They are part of cleanup crews after Mardi Gras parades and they set up/break down tents for numerous community organizations, helping to lower their costs.” Housing DOC prisoners, in other words, allows key sectors of the city and parish to go about their business on the cheap.

A cost-effective Mardi Gras depends on it.

The history of incarceration in the United States, especially in southern states like Louisiana, is one of forced labor. After the end of slavery and the collapse of Reconstruction, southern states adopted convict leasing programs that allowed employers, including plantation owners, to rent predominantly black prisoner labor on the cheap. The result — and intention — was a criminal justice system that reproduced the conditions of involuntary servitude for black Americans. Given that Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country (and, therefore, the world), and a profoundly racially-lopsided one at that, these troubling parallels to chattel slavery continue.

Gusman’s dream, in other words, is the perpetuation of our racial nightmares.

The sheriff’s desire to retain DOC inmates and subvert the current 1,438 bed limit is also symptomatic of an entrenched defect in the Louisiana criminal justice system as a whole. Since the early 1990s, when the state prison system was under a federal court order to reduce its population, the Department of Corrections began sending inmates to parish prisons and paying sheriffs to take them. While rural jails benefit the most from this system, which allows them to collect state revenue and inmates, while spending relatively little of the money on the needs of those they imprison, larger parishes like Orleans also rake in state cash for taking DOC prisoners. Gusman draws on FEMA and city money to build a larger jail, while he, by his own admission, stands to save money by continuing to accept DOC inmates. This is a sinister web of financial interests benefiting from the mass incarceration of primarily black bodies and exploitation of their forced labor.

All of this is worth remembering when Gusman claims to act out of concern for taxpayers and the mentally ill.

While Landrieu’s letter, and the City Council’s continued resistance to Phase III are welcome developments in this ongoing drama, advocates for criminal justice reform in Orleans Parish should not rely on city officials for the answers. New Orleans remains a profoundly unequal city, rife with gross economic disparities, racial segregation, racist law enforcement, and persistent gentrification. All of these are key drivers of mass incarceration.

Furthermore, the question of how the parish and state should confine the mentally ill side-steps the more fundamental question of if we should incarcerate them in the first place. America’s jails and prisons are its largest de-facto mental health facilities. Incarceration only exacerbates mental illness, driving the incarcerated to deeper despair and increases the likelihood they will harm themselves or others.

We should be seeking new ways to care for our mentally ill neighbors, not debating the nuances of how we cage them.

Thus, while the present feud between Mayor Landrieu and Sheriff Gusman provides important openings for the fight against mass incarceration, we should not mistake Landrieu for an ally in this fight. A reversal of our city and parish’s shameful reputation for incarceration will depend on the imagination, efforts, and leadership of ordinary citizens working to protect their communities.

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Take Back the Land Forum Notes 7-8-14

Notes from OPPRC Take Back the Land Community Forum
July 8th 2014 Unitarian Universalist Church

Welcome from Norris Henderson- Founding Member OPPRC
• There is a green space between the new jail being built and the already built kitchen at OPP. The sheriff wants to build phase III of his jail facility on it despite the fact that the consent decree mandates a cap of 1,438 jail beds. There is nothing on that space now.
• We are gathered to hear ideas from folks in the room re: what the community can envision this space can be used for instead of 500 new jail beds
• Notes representatives in attendance from Jason Williams, LaToya Cantrell & Susan Guidry’s office
• Some of these ideas could catch fire and city council could hear our cry—our hopes, wishes, desire for what space can be used for.

Aaron Clark-Rizzio- Legislative Director for Councilman Jason Williams
• The space in question is bounded on one side by Perdido St. and the other by 1-10
• The land is zoned heavy industrial, but the sheriff must go through the city council and the city planning commission to obtain a conditional use permit in order to be allowed to build more jail buildings on that land
• This process would require 2 public hearings. One with the City Planning Commission and the other with the City Council
• There is robust dialogue going on within City Council around the use of this land that doesn’t suggest the Sheriff’s path is clear

(An organization focused on ending the criminalization of LGBTQ population in New Orleans with a particular focus on the black community and specifically trans women)
• The vision is to give energy to those who are criminalized via a space focused on reentry, community building, direct services and self-determination
• 1st floor will house offices dedicated to providing reentry services to incarcerated people, access to housing, job placement, etc.
• 2nd floor will house a teaching café where people can learn to use food as a community builder, two rooms to house people who are transitioning back into society after being incarcerated, and a community space for people to eat and live together
• 3rd floor will house a lounge area for youth and a strategic focus group area for gatherings targeting specific areas of struggle for people trying to reenter society
• Programming and development area for learning and growing, recreational space

Mid City Neighborhood Organization: MCNO
(Association dedicated to improving the quality of life of all midcitizens)
• Open to new ideas for what can go in the space
• Support the idea of workshops, government offices, etc that could service the newly revitalized Tulane Corridor
• MCNO will remain a committed partner in opposing the expansion of OPP

Santos Alvarado from The Congress of Day Laborers
(Organization of day laborers building a power base for workers rights)
• The Congreso has been involved in opposing the expansion of the jail because if it is expanded the sheriff will implement policies to fill it up
• The Spanish speaking community is particularly concerned because of struggles they have had with Gusman violating civil rights and holding people for extended unconstitutional periods for ICE (immigration) reasons
• Congreso supports the idea of building a school, hospital or recreational space that will benefit the community and is committed to opposing the expansion

John Burkhart from the Louisiana Campaign for Equal Justice
(An organization dedicated to ensuring the fair funding of Orleans Public Defenders)
• OPD is drastically underfunded and rent is a substantial expense for them
• OPD would be a good fit because they need to be close to the inmates, the courts and the sheriff to hold them accountable
• The space should house a group that is ready to defend Louisiana’s most vulnerable populations who are entitled to representation

Women With A Vision –Desiree Evans
(Organization serving marginalized women and their families)
• Louisiana’s incarceration rate is the worst in the country, but women are often ignored although we are the 3rd largest incarcerator of women
• Envision shelter, place for social services, addressing issues like child-care, and adequate housing, education and living wage employment
• Substance abuse counseling, mental health and reentry programs for women who are exiting the jail with no services directed at them
• There should be a place where women can come to have these issues addressed. A one-stop-shop

Community Education Project of New Orleans- Ashana Bigard and Ruth Idakula
(A group doing education justice work with new teachers, students and parents)
• Children as young as 8 years old are being arrested regularly for youth behavior and status offenses which are probation violations and being sent to jail
• The criminalization of youth behavior and poverty (i.e.- uniform infractions) is creating a school to prison pipeline where children are sent to juvenile court and jail
• These are our children going to this jail.
• We oppose the expansion of a third facility

Derek Rankins from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
(Group dedicated to identifying the causes of and undoing racism in our society)
• A community space led by formerly incarcerated people would be revolutionary
• If it’s led by people who have never been imprisoned it’s likely that they’ll burn out
• Formerly incarcerated leadership is important for accountable gatekeeping in the process to regain our humanity

Lila Arnaud
• Economic development is key. The space should be self-sustaining and profitable to the community by selling services or products
• Led by an advisory board of formerly incarcerated people that decides how the space functions
• Workshops, skillshares and community forums held in the space
• Space will house community businesses that earn revenue to be reinvested as seed money for community ventures
• Democratic profitable community owned space aimed at “teaching people how to fish”

Books to Prisoners: Steve Merlan
(Organization founded in 2003 that sends books to prisons in the Southeast)
• Have worked with OPP to try to send books, but the inmates say the have nothing to read. The prison is withholding the books we give them
• We would like to see a usable library in the space

Safe Streets, Strong Communities: Larry Green
(Organization dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to create safer communities)
• Space should house advocacy services for people coming out of OPP
• Counseling on alcohol and drug abuse and anger management
• Assistance in navigating the court system to avoid fees and violations upon reentry

Janet Hayes
• Moving people with mental health needs into Charity Hospital facility would eliminate the sheriff’s need to build Phase III to house people with mental illness
• The space could house a workers cooperative so inmates or ex-offenders can make real money to help ease the financial transition back into society
• Examples of this from prisons around the world… prison coop brewery in Italy

Bruce Walzer
• We shouldn’t give the sheriff the opportunity to take over that space and spend more of our tax dollars.
• VERA or OPD would do well in that space

VOTE: Norris Henderson
(An organization aimed at ending the disenfranchisement of formerly incarcerated people)
• Those with direct access could be on the 1st floor (VERA and OPD)
• Those doing community service on the 2nd floor, advocacy work on the 3rd
• A law library so people can understand the nature of what they’ve been charged with

Hope House: Brother Don Everard
(An organization dedicated to living and working with the poor and working for justice and dignity)
• Should be a space of healing… an antidote to the misery that exists in the prison
• Intentional community of people (maybe mix of formerly incarcerated and others)
• Trees and gardens, playground, chapel and playroom, place to rest, eat and drink

Feedback from folks with ideas they didn’t get a chance to share on the mic

• Campaign: Turn the Bridge to Nowhere into a Bridge to Freedom – “If you don’t know where you’re going, that’s where you’ll end up.” (Lila Arnaud)
• I’m interested in having a youth organizing space where Rethink could operate. I don’t work for them but believe their work is crucial to the future of this city.
• Garden for food – fresh food & flower market. Gardens help with trauma and PTSD. Can be a coop and a skill they take out into the world.
• Check out Decarcerate PA’s “Instead of Prisons” campaign!
• OPPRC should support an open process in which former inmates and the surrounding community have a say in how that space will be used

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Take Back the Land: A Call To Action Community Forum July 7, 2014

The Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) will hold a community forum on Tuesday July 8 at 6:30 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 2903 Jefferson (@ Claiborne). The forum will focus on discussion of the best use for a lot of land at 2900 Perdido. The land is owned by the city, and located between the kitchen and the new 1438-bed jail facility being built by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.


After a brief presentation about the lot, OPPRC has invited over a dozen community groups to share their dreams and visions of how the site could be used in a way that would help make New Orleans a safer, healthier, and more just community. Open mic time will also be included for attendees at the forum to share their own ideas or comment on what has been shared by others.

Take Back The Land OPPRC July 2014

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has long held plans to build a so-called Phase III building on the 2900 Perdido site; these plans for additional inmate beds were documented in recent court filings. This is despite a 2011 City Ordinance advocated for by OPPRC and other community groups that limited the size of the new jail being constructed to 1438 beds and required that the new facility be built to accommodate the needs of all inmates. The Ordinance was passed unanimously by City Council. All City Councilpersons have been invited to attend Tuesday’s forum and some have already confirmed their participation.


OPPRC has argued for a cap on prison beds because prisons do not make a community safe but are instead themselves criminogenic, causally linked to violence and crime on New Orleans streets. If there are more beds to fill, the police and Sheriff will fill them and continue the trend of incarcerating and imprisoning mass amounts of people, perpetuating a country-wide epidemic, of which New Orleans is the epicenter. OPPRC argues that instead of building more beds, money that the city saves through reducing the size of the jail should be used for funding employment creation and job training programs, libraries, community centers, mental health and substance abuse services, after school programs, youth and recreation programs, cultural activities and economic development opportunities, etc. all things proven to be more effective in creating safer communities and families. Tuesday’s forum will provide an opportunity for the community to dream about these alternatives to more prison beds.


Transportation and childcare will be available for attendees of Tuesday night’s forum. For more information, contact or call 504-264-2189.

You can RSVP via facebook here:


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OPPRC Calls For Urgent Action in Response to Jail Conditions

OPPRC members and supporters gathered today at Tulane & Broad, then walked several blocks to the OPP Intake & Processing Center.  We called for a moratorium on admissions to a facility where conditions continue to be inhumane, unconstitutional and life-threatening, and we renewed our call for Mayor Landrieu to declare the jail in a state of emergency, thus triggering the release of persons held for minor, non-violent crimes.

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We were joined by the family of Willie Lee, the most recent person to die while under custody of OPP. Lee’s mother, Margie Lee Hulitt spoke at the protest about the death of her son, including how she was not notified of his death until Sunday evening (close to a day after he died) and still has not been allowed to see his body.  See video here.

The City needs to find other alternatives rather than continuing to house people in an unsafe and violent jail.  We urged Susan Guidry and other members of the City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee to take urgent action in an open letter that we released on March 13, 2014. Within ten days of the letter’s release another individual died in custody following a fight between prisoners in the jail’s temporary housing unit known as “the tents.”

The consent decree has not resulted in significant improvement in the conditions in the jail, and the first report of the federal monitoring team found that inmates in OPP “continue to experience severe problems with shoddy medical care, violence and a general attitude of apathy toward their grievances.”

There have been 25 in-custody deaths in OPP since 2009, and up to 73 inmates a month are sent to the emergency room.

Many of the people currently in OPP pose zero risk to public safety- as evidenced by the fact that they would simply be released under hurricane evacuation conditions. Instead, they are held in OPP, on taxpayer’s money, where they are in danger of being beaten, raped, stabbed, or possibly even killed in the jail.  We cannot in good conscience hold people subject to this dehumanizing violence. The City is responsible for their safety. The Mayor has the responsibility to stop this bloodshed.

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Call for Urgent Action in response to Dangerous Conditions at OPP


We invite all those troubled by the horribly dangerous conditions at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) to join with OPPRC this Wednesday March 26 at 10 am at the intersection of Tulane & Broad.

When? Wednesday March 26 at 10 am

Where? Tulane & Broad


  • Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) continues to be an inhumane, unconstitutional and life threatening environment for people who find themselves housed there, as well as for those who work there. The first report of the federal monitoring team found that inmates in OPP “continue to experience severe problems with shoddy medical care, violence and a general attitude of apathy toward their grievances.” There have been 25 in-custody deaths in OPP since 2009. Up to 73 inmates a month are sent to the emergency room due to conditions at the jail, including for lacerations/punctures, fractures/dislocations, trauma, mental health crises, broken bones and sexual assault.
  • OPPRC released an open letter to the City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee over a week ago calling for the Committee to hold a hearing to determine steps which the city can take to immediately address the current crisis in OPP. We have yet to receive any response to our letter. You can see the full open letter here.
  • Yet another individual has died in custody since the release of OPPRC’s open letter, highlighting that an urgent response is a life and death matter! The death occurred following a fight between prisoners in the jail’s temporary housing unit known as “the tents,” and it has yet to be revealed whether there were any deputies in the tent at the time of the fight.

What? Join with OPPRC and others in New Orleans to demand urgent action to address the human rights crisis at OPP. Wear red or black if you are able

For more information, contact: Norris Henderson @ 504.453.4819.

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Open Letter to Criminal Justice Chair Guidry re: Violence in OPP

Dear Councilmember Guidry,

This past Friday, March 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice and the plaintiffs in Jones, et al. v. Gusman, et al. (i.e., the Orleans Parish Prison Consent Decree lawsuit) filed proposed findings of fact and a number of exhibits with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in preparation for an upcoming court hearing regarding funding of OPP. The documents, among other things, demonstrate that violence at OPP has remained at an unacceptably high level since the lawsuit was initially filed two years ago, and even since the court intervened with its Consent Judgment. Thus, despite apparent attempts to ebb the level of violence at OPP, the violence has continued, and even increased, to the detriment of the individuals being housed in OPP facilities and danger to those who work at the jail.

Reports from January-October 2013 reveal up to 73 inmates a month were routed to the emergency room due to conditions at the jail, including for lacerations/punctures, fractures/dislocations, trauma, mental health crises, broken bones and sexual assault.. Approximately 66 of those are for trauma related injuries. These numbers are in stark contrast to the findings of Judge Africk regarding the Shelby County Jail in Memphis, TN, which has a similar jail population. That facility had just seven emergency routes to hospital emergency rooms for trauma related incidents in a year, meanwhile OPP had hundreds in the same time frame.

The documents filed indicate that the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to lack an appropriate classification system, with the effect of mixing persons charged with violent crimes with individuals at risk. Apparently there are still entire tiers at the jail where individuals are being housed which have no guards at all for significant periods of time. In addition, there are inadequate activities and services for inmates, all of which contributes to violence at the jail. Evidently, the widespread availability of weapons and drugs has also contributed to the persistence of violent conditions.

These types of findings are unacceptable months after a federal consent decree and after more than two years of litigation. Though there are some issues that must go before the court before they can be sufficiently addressed, there are steps that can and should be taken immediately to curb levels of violence at the jail. One straightforward and immediate action would be to shut down non-essential operations and re-assign personnel to the jail so that no single tier is left unguarded at any time.

It is also crucial to determine how many inmates can be safely, securely, humanely and constitutionally held right now given the amount and availability of personnel. The jail population should be capped to reflect the safest ratio of staffers to inmates possible. Such a move is not unprecedented, as Jefferson Parish has had a cap on their jail population for years based on space and staffing, and their jail has nowhere near the amount of violence as OPP. There are numerous other options for classifying and housing inmates, such as contracting with other facilities and releasing those who do not pose a threat, to deal with overflow, rather than continue to hold people in a facility that is so obviously unsafe and dangerous.

Councilmember Guidry, the current conditions at OPP are horrendous. Reasonable measures can and should be taken immediately to reduce the level of violence. We are asking that you, in your capacity as chair of the Criminal Justice Sub-Committee of the City Council, call a hearing before your committee, as soon as possible, regarding violence at the jail and to determine steps which the city can take to immediately address the current crisis in OPP. If the jail cannot currently provide adequate staff to prevent the violence, then the City needs to find other alternatives rather than continuing to house people in this unsafe and violent jail. We cannot simply continue to expose individuals who are in custody or individuals who work at the jail to these extremely dangerous conditions. Under current conditions, the jail remains an inhumane, unconstitutional and life threatening environment for citizens of the City of New Orleans who find themselves housed there and for those who work there.

We hope to hear your decision regarding this matter. Please contact us at or at 504.264.2189. Thank you for your consideration.


Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC)

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