- Sheriff’s Office receives Bronze Key Award from Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- OPSO Deputies Training At Direct Supervision Facility Ahead Of Opening Of New Inmate Housing
- OPSO In Compliance With Electronic Monitoring Program; Takes Exception To Methods, Findings In OIG Report
- Southeast Regional Re-Entry Program
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for volunteers for the annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held April 12. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, arts and crafts activities, hiding eggs, face painting and candy distribution.
To volunteer, call Sgt. Tangy Verret at 504.826.4689
NEW ORLEANS - 4-17-2014
The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has received the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Dependence Bronze Key Award in honor of the Southeast Regional Re-Entry Program.
The award is the highest and most prestigious award given by the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans (CADA). CADA only gives the award to organizations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to substance abuse prevention and/or treatment.
"We have been making strides on addressing substance abuse and reducing recidivism through our re-entry program," said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman "We're humbled that CADA recognizes our efforts," Sheriff Gusman accepted the award at a CADA awards luncheon with OPSO Re-Entry Director Leo Hayden at his side.
The Sheriff's Office is partnering with CADA to expand and enhance substance abuse treatment services with the help of a three-year, $1.2 million federal grant. "The goal is to provide substance abuse treatment and to give inmates the tools to get out of jail and never return," said CADA Executive Director Joyce Bracey.
NEW ORLEANS - 4-02-2014
The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office agrees with some aspects of the findings outlined in Inspector General E. R. Quatrevaux's report, "Evaluation of the City of New Orleans Electronic Monitoring Program Administered by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Part I: Budget and Billing."
However, the Sheriff's Office objects to some of the findings which are based on faulty assumptions and comparisons as well as poor research methodology.
Specifically, the Sheriff's Office:
- Agrees that the rent value of the EMP program was miscalculated. However, a discussion of the EMP budget with the OPSO staff would have cleared the error and negated Finding 1, saving valuable time for additional analysis and program improvement. Moreover, the Sheriff's Office provided the OIG with a copy of the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement, which codifies that the City of New Orleans does not own 2801 Perdido St, the site of the OPSO Intake and Processing Center (IPC), which houses the EMP. The City owns the land, but the Sheriff's Office is responsible for the building on the land.
- Disagrees with the use of an online calculator, such as Google Earth, to calculate the square footage of the IPC as a means of determining electricity costs. OPSO used the more reliable hand measurement to calculate electricity costs based on actual square footage of the IPC and the EMP office.
Medical Inmate Advocate
If you have a medical question about an inmate, call the Medical Inmate Advocate at 504-822-8000, ext. 4134.
The Medical Inmate Advocate is an experienced OPSO nurse who will investigate your concern and call you back. If you wish to provide medical information about an inmate, call the Medical Inmate Advocate. Medical confidentiality is maintained, but your concerns will be addressed.
Programs for Public Benefit
The OPSO Harmony House addresses the needs of parent, child, the courts, and the communities of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan areas by providing a safe, supportive environment for Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchanges with equal regard for parent and child safety.
The OPSO chapter of the Young Marines is in partnership with the national Young Marines program. Youth under the age of 18 enroll for drill, games, field trips, and education.
West Bank Major Crime Taskforce
Deputies assigned to this task force focusing on major crimes and narcotics enforcement on the West Bank.
United States Marshalls Task Force
OPSO also participates in US Marshall task force activities, focusing on the apprehension of violent criminals in the Greater New Orleans Area and monitors registered sex offenders in Orleans Parish.
The Great Body Shop
The Great Body Shop program is a school-based program which covers drug prevention, health, bullying, emergency situations, nutrition, and other topics for youth from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Materials and training are available from OPSO.
Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman’s Supervised Visitation Center
This program is in partnership with Harmony House and provides non-custodial parents a safe drop-off and/or visitation area.
Juvenile Curfew Center
OPSO maintains the Orleans Parish Juvenile Curfew Center in conjunction with the New Orleans Police Department. Youth under the age of 18 are brought to the facility when they violate City of New Orleans curfew laws and are held in a non-secure environment until a parent or guardian arrives for them.
Elderly Victim Assistance and Victim’s Assistance
This program is in partnership with the State of Louisiana Victims Assistance Board and provides limited funding and assistance to elderly or non-elderly victims of crime.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
DARE is a school-based drug awareness and prevention program for youth. OPSO’s main focus is sixth graders through high-school.
This program focuses on outstanding warrants for violent crimes. Persons wanted for violent crimes are targeted and arrested for public safety. This program is grant funded in partnership with the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and focuses on proactive crime prevention in high crime areas and the apprehension of wanted fugitives.
Programs for Inmates
Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center
Department of Corrections inmates who have eighteen months or less and a suitable record can end their sentence in the work release program at the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Facility.
This program is in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and provides job training, counseling, and drug treatment services to DOC inmates who are within nine months of release.
This program is available to inmates in Conchetta, the South White Street Female Facility and the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center and will be expanding to other buildings as additional volunteers are gained.
Low Literacy to GED Educational Services
These services are provided by our educational partners, the Orleans Parish Public Schools’ Alternative Learning Institute (South White Street Female Facility, juveniles held as adults, House of Detention, and Orleans Parish Prison)...
This program is in partnership with the Louisiana Commission for Law Enforcement and will shortly be introduced at the South White Street Female Facility. Female inmates will receive intensive drug treatment counseling and educational services.
HIV Counseling and Testing
This program is in partnership with the Office of Public Health. All incoming arrestees are offered HIV testing upon arrival. A trained nurse is on hand to counsel the patient on the results. As a matter of course, arrestees...
GED Testing Center
OPSO is a State of Louisiana Department of Education certified GED testing facility. We give a monthly GED test for the public, and test inmate students within secure facilities approximately every two months or as students are ready.
Electronic Monitoring Program
This program is in partnership with the City of New Orleans and the Crime Coalition. At the discretion of the courts, bonded, sentenced inmates are fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet...
Day Reporting Center
The Day Reporting Center is a collaborative agreement between the New Orleans Sheriff Office and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. The New Orleans Day Reporting Center program strives...
Inmates who are considered low risk and who wish to work for the public good are assigned to Community Service, where they perform a number of civic tasks. The Community Service Division also works in partnership with...
This program is available to inmates in the House of Detention and the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center and will be expanding to other buildings as additional volunteers are gained. There is also a group...