New Orleans

New Orleans Mayor Places Parish Prison in Federal Receivership, Sheriff Complains

Sheriff calls the move a "political attack"

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Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has fired back at Mayor Mitch Landrieu, hours after the city filed to have the prison placed in federal receivership.

Gusman called the move a "blatant political attack" and said Landrieu is picking fights rather than trying to fix the city's financial woes. The city faces the possibility of incurring millions of dollars in costs to pay for federal consent decrees to both the Orleans Parish Prison and to the New Orleans Police Department.