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US seeks outside control for troubled New Orleans jail | U.S. News & World Report


The Justice Department asked a federal court to appoint a third party to operate the long-troubled New Orleans jail, saying new leadership is essential because the city's sheriff has for years failed to improve conditions that endanger inmates.

The government, which was joined in the filing Monday by lawyers for inmates, also sought to place Sheriff Marlin Gusman in contempt over what it called his noncompliance with overhauls mandated in a settlement agreement involving the jail and the Justice Department and inmates. Gusman has repeatedly said he is making progress and faulted the city for not providing enough money.

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