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UPDATE: Transitional Worker Surrenders To OPSO; Second Person Arrested

NEW ORLEANS - 6-29-2015

(Updated June 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m.)

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office today reported that inmate Jamarr Smith, 20 turned himself in to officers from OPSO's Investigative Services Bureau at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Smith, who walked away from his transitional work assignment early Saturday, was picked up by ISB at his mother's residence.

In a related development, the Sheriff's Office on Saturday also charged Markita Robertson, 24, with one count of assisting escape and one count of obstruction of justice. Robertson is believed to be Smith's girlfriend. Surveillance video shows the pair leaving the Jefferson Parish business in Robertson's car. Smith was not at the business when deputies came to transport him back to the OPSO transitional work center.

Smith joined OPSO's Transitional Work Program on March 2, and was scheduled to be released on Oct. 3.

Smith faces a new charge of simple escape.

Continue Reading for Original Article from June 27, 2015


Statement By Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Regarding The Judge’s Order To Resume Construction Of The New Inmate Housing Facility

NEW ORLEANS - 6-26-2015

(Updated June 26, 2015, 4:45 p.m.)

"The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is pleased with today's court ruling which allows construction of the inmate housing facility to resume immediately.

We can now resume our efforts to promote public safety by completing the construction of inmate housing. The City of New Orleans can no longer stand in the way of the completion of our facilities or use politics to confuse the public.

After the ruling, James Williams, an attorney representing the Sheriff's Office said, "This facility is an important community resource for keeping the public safe. Any delay in its construction is a delay in making progress toward a constitutional jail. Today's ruling, while temporary, is good news for the workers who showed up wanting to work, so they can feed their families. These workers should not be subjected to political maneuvers by the city to put them out of work and divert more than $50 million in FEMA funding away from its intended purpose -- to build a safe, humane, and constitutional jail."

When opened, the new housing facility can accommodate all types of inmates, including, but not limited to, those with medical and mental health conditions, female and juvenile inmates, or inmates requiring disciplinary or administrative segregation.

The OPSO is one hundred percent committed to building a constitutional jail that will make the city safe, for all individuals. Building a constitutional jail that can accommodate the current inmate population and special care population paves the path to improving public safety. However, in order for a constitutional jail to be built, all parties must be willing to work together towards this goal."


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The OPSO Harmony House addresses the needs of parent, child, the courts, and the communities of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan areas by providing a safe, supportive environment for Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchanges with equal regard for parent and child safety.


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The Great Body Shop program is a school-based program which covers drug prevention, health, bullying, emergency situations, nutrition, and other topics for youth from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Materials and training are available from OPSO.


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