New Orleans Debates Over Phase III Jail Addition

NEW ORLEANS — Less than two weeks after opening a new $150 million jail in New Orleans last month, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman asked U.S. District Judge Lance Africk to okay construction on another facility that would bring even more inmate beds to the city. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu opposes the proposal and its multimillion-dollar price tag because it contradicts the administration’s efforts to reduce the city’s high incarceration rate.

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