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Statement From Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman Regarding Federal Judge’s Rejection Of City’s Efforts To End OPSO’s Medical Contract

NEW ORLEANS - 7-16-2015

The following is a statement from Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman regarding today's federal court ruling on OPSO's medical services contract:

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office prevailed again today, this time in federal court, where Judge Lance Africk's denied the city's motion for a stay of the OPSO medical and mental health services contract pending an appeal. The Sheriff's Office has contracted with Correct Care Solutions, Inc. (CCS) after a competitive public procurement.

In denying the city's motion, the judge said "the city has not carried its burden to show that any of the relevant factors weigh in favor of granting its requested stay."

Judge Africk was pointed in his analysis of the city's motion. Said Judge Africk: "The City's motion for a stay pending appeal is a misguided, duplicative attempt to have this Court terminate the CCS contract. Practically speaking, the City does not merely want a stay of the Court's order and reasons; rather, it wants a stay of its duty to fund medical and mental health care at OPP, which care is presently being provided through the only concrete plan before the Court: the CCS contract. As the Sheriff notes, granting the City's proposed "stay" and cutting off funding of the CCS contract would moot the appeal, give the City the same relief it sought but failed to obtain through the underlying motion, and interrupt the availability of health care at OPP."

Judge Africk's ruling came on the same day the City withdrew its mandamus proceeding in Civil District Court, confirming that the design of the new facility is in compliance with the conditional use permit.

The withdrawal of the stop work order will allow the Sheriff's Office to remain in compliance with the federal consent decree and also assist the Sheriff's Office assure the safety of correctional officers, inmates and the public at large.

The Sheriff's Office will continue to pursue recovery of financial losses incurred by contractors from the City of New Orleans. The completion of the new inmate housing facility is critical to our ongoing efforts to improve public safety, as well as compliance with the consent decree.


 

Statement From Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman Regarding City’s Withdrawal Of The Stop Work Order

NEW ORLEANS - 7-16-2015

Construction Will Now Proceed Towards Completion This Fall

The following is a statement from Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman regarding the court decision rendered in Judge Reese's courtroom today:

"The city's withdrawal of its mandamus proceeding today confirms that the design of the new facility is in compliance with the conditional use permit.

The withdrawal of the stop work order will allow the Sheriff's Office to remain in compliance with the federal consent decree and also help us assure the safety of correctional officers, inmates and the public at large.

The Sheriff's Office will continue to pursue recovery of financial losses incurred by contractors from the City of New Orleans.

The completion of the new inmate housing facility is critical to our ongoing efforts to improve public safety, as well as to comply with the consent decree.

The new 1,438-bed facility is in complete compliance with the conditional use ordinance, and all of its provisos, particularly with Proviso 7a of the ordinance to accommodate all types of prisoners under any jurisdiction.

 

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