Landrieu expressed shock, and lambasted the jail conditions in his press release.
“How can we make our city safe when prisoners are coming and going from jail as they please, walking freely on the streets and then returning to jail with heroin, cocaine, and loaded weapons?” he said.
Landrieu is objecting to the proposed consent decree – which has been agreed upon by Gusman, the Justice Department and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Landrieu has said the city, which funds the jail, should not be responsible for paying for Gusman’s mismanagement and malfeasance.
Meanwhile, Gusman has portrayed his agency as strapped for cash, and underserved by a lack of city financing.