Sheriff Marlin Gusman Unveils New 26,000-sq. ft., $4.5 million Intake & Processing Center
NEW ORLEANS – June 25, 2008 – Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman today unveiled a $4.5 million temporary Intake & Processing Center (IPC) that will facilitate the efficient booking and treatment of individuals as they move into the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Custody and the Orleans Parish Prison.
Center to serve as the central booking and processing facility for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Built in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the new, 26,000-square-foot IPC features the newest security technology and streamlined programs, safeguards and procedures intended to increase arrestee, deputy and public safety.
“The Intake & Processing Center is the most visible evidence to date that the criminal justice facilities in New Orleans are improving and making the community safer,” said Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. “We traveled to selected cities to learn about the new technologies used in processing and monitoring individuals moving into and out of the criminal justice system. We implemented the best examples of what we saw and researched and the result is a larger facility with the latest technology. This IPC creates a safer jail system and it helps create a safer New Orleans.”
“Sheriff Gusman and his staff are dedicated to protecting the people of New Orleans, and FEMA is proud to help fund their vision for a safer city,” said Acting Associate Deputy Administrator for FEMA’s Gulf Coast Recovery Office Jim Stark. “Only through the continued close cooperation among the Sheriff’s Office, the LRA, GOHSEP and FEMA has this temporary facility become a reality. This building serves as a convenient, cost effective solution while the Sheriff’s Office builds the permanent complex, all while providing uninterrupted public safety services.”
Construction of the building began in November 2007. The IPC was built with assistance from FEMA, who provided funding for the new facility.
“FEMA was an active participant in the construction of the IPC. They understood our needs and our vision for a facility that placed a premium on utilizing advanced technology and better construction to create a safe facility that was efficient and respectful of each individual, their families, and as important, the deputies and staff that work here everyday,” said Gusman.
Sheriff Gusman expects up to 250 individuals entering the system and 180 arrestees and prisoners processed out of the IPC each day. This facility was built to handle this volume and more, based on the needs of the community.
The IPC features a series of stations for individuals as they are processed following their arrest, including photographing, fingerprinting, property intake and return, and medical screening. An in-house video broadcast system presents status information of each arrestee waiting processing, so that the individual can track their status at any time. New security measures have been implemented to ensure proper handling of an individual’s property, as well as additional safeguards to ensure the proper release of an arrested individual.
The visitor center at the IPC also feature up-to-the-minute information about arrested individuals moving through the processing procedures. Visitors are also able to use new kiosks to place funds in an inmate’s account.