NEW ORLEANS - The first step towards major reform at the Orleans Parish Prison has hit a speed bump.
Monday was the deadline for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and other parties to move forward with a consent decree.
That delay boils down to dollars and cents - all of the parties involved are trying to figure out how to pay for planned reforms at the prison.
On Friday, the plaintiffs, including the U.S. Justice Department and attorneys for some of the inmates, asked for a new hearing to talk money. They would like a judge to decide on interim funding to move forward with the reform process.
Sheriff Marilin Gusman, the Justice Department and the Southern Poverty Law Center had until Monday to draw up language for a consent decree.
Court filings show an agreement is in place but negotiations broke down recently due to the funding question.
The feds said changes need to happen immediately because of continued violence in the prison.
Gusman is turning to the city of New Orleans for help in funding that reform. However, not all city leaders are on-board.