NEW ORLEANS - 8-26-2014
The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is committed to achieving substantial compliance in all areas of the consent agreement.
Since the independent monitor's last report, the Sheriff's Office has made progress, achieving substantial compliance in two areas and partial compliance in 22 areas, up from 10 in the last report.
Additionally, we have initiated several working groups that will lead us to compliance in additional areas. The Mental Health Working Group agreed with our plan to house acute and sub-acute mental health inmates at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. The Sheriff's Office is moving forward to implement this plan.
The Sheriff's Office is in final contract negotiations to bring on a new medical and mental health provider and is making progress on revamping the inmate classification and reclassification systems.
Since the last report, the Sheriff's Office has hired a compliance officer, who will help speed up compliance with data gathering and reporting. And a transition team is working hard to ease the agency's transition to a new inmate housing building, which will open later this year.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman has personally been in close contact with the independent monitor and he is leading the effort to reverse areas of non-compliance into compliance with the consent agreement.
City Must Cover Cost Of Plan
NEW ORLEANS - 8-13-2014
U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk, who is overseeing the OPSO consent decree, ruled today that the Sheriff's proposed solution to house male acute mental health inmates at a mental health facility at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, La., is potentially compliant with the consent judgment. Judge Africk further ordered the City of New Orleans to cover the costs associated with the Sheriff's plan.
"While it is the city's responsibility to provide a good and sufficient jail, our proposed solution is the only viable plan on the table," said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. "We are pleased that Judge Africk recognized our progressive efforts to comply with the consent agreement.
In today's order, Judge Africk ordered the City of New Orleans to pay the cost of implementing the Hunt plan. The City is expected to pay the costs of renovating the Hunt facility as well as for renovations to the Temporary Detention Center, which now houses female acute mental health inmates.
After Sept. 30, the City has been ordered to provide the Sheriff's Office additional monthly payments of $203,000.
Sheriff Gusman said, "With this ruling, we hope all parties begin to recognize the need to provide for public safety in a more cooperative and thoughtful manner."
Medical Inmate Advocate
If you have a medical question about an inmate, call the Medical Inmate Advocate at 504-822-8000, ext. 4134.
The Medical Inmate Advocate is an experienced OPSO nurse who will investigate your concern and call you back. If you wish to provide medical information about an inmate, call the Medical Inmate Advocate. Medical confidentiality is maintained, but your concerns will be addressed.
Programs for Public Benefit
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.
The OPSO chapter of the Young Marines is in partnership with the national Young Marines program. Youth under the age of 18 enroll for drill, games, field trips, and education.
West Bank Major Crime Taskforce
Deputies assigned to this task force focusing on major crimes and narcotics enforcement on the West Bank.
United States Marshalls Task Force
OPSO also participates in US Marshall task force activities, focusing on the apprehension of violent criminals in the Greater New Orleans Area and monitors registered sex offenders in Orleans Parish.
The Great Body Shop
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.
Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman’s Supervised Visitation Center
This program is in partnership with Harmony House and provides non-custodial parents a safe drop-off and/or visitation area.
Juvenile Curfew Center
OPSO maintains the Orleans Parish Juvenile Curfew Center in conjunction with the New Orleans Police Department. Youth under the age of 18 are brought to the facility when they violate City of New Orleans curfew laws and are held in a non-secure environment until a parent or guardian arrives for them.
Elderly Victim Assistance and Victim’s Assistance
This program is in partnership with the State of Louisiana Victims Assistance Board and provides limited funding and assistance to elderly or non-elderly victims of crime.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
DARE is a school-based drug awareness and prevention program for youth. OPSO’s main focus is sixth graders through high-school.
This program focuses on outstanding warrants for violent crimes. Persons wanted for violent crimes are targeted and arrested for public safety. This program is grant funded in partnership with the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and focuses on proactive crime prevention in high crime areas and the apprehension of wanted fugitives.
Programs for Inmates
Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center
Department of Corrections inmates who have eighteen months or less and a suitable record can end their sentence in the work release program at the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Facility.
This program is in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and provides job training, counseling, and drug treatment services to DOC inmates who are within nine months of release.
This program is available to inmates in Conchetta, the South White Street Female Facility and the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center and will be expanding to other buildings as additional volunteers are gained.
Low Literacy to GED Educational Services
These services are provided by our educational partners, the Orleans Parish Public Schools’ Alternative Learning Institute (South White Street Female Facility, juveniles held as adults, House of Detention, and Orleans Parish Prison)...
This program is in partnership with the Louisiana Commission for Law Enforcement and will shortly be introduced at the South White Street Female Facility. Female inmates will receive intensive drug treatment counseling and educational services.
HIV Counseling and Testing
This program is in partnership with the Office of Public Health. All incoming arrestees are offered HIV testing upon arrival. A trained nurse is on hand to counsel the patient on the results. As a matter of course, arrestees...
GED Testing Center
OPSO is a State of Louisiana Department of Education certified GED testing facility. We give a monthly GED test for the public, and test inmate students within secure facilities approximately every two months or as students are ready.
Electronic Monitoring Program
This program is in partnership with the City of New Orleans and the Crime Coalition. At the discretion of the courts, bonded, sentenced inmates are fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet...
Day Reporting Center
The Day Reporting Center is a collaborative agreement between the New Orleans Sheriff Office and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. The New Orleans Day Reporting Center program strives...
Inmates who are considered low risk and who wish to work for the public good are assigned to Community Service, where they perform a number of civic tasks. The Community Service Division also works in partnership with...
This program is available to inmates in the House of Detention and the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center and will be expanding to other buildings as additional volunteers are gained. There is also a group...