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SHERIFF SUSAN HUTSON MEETS WITH NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 JUNE 2022

SHERIFF SUSAN HUTSON MEETS WITH NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

UPDATED STATEMENT

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson met with members of the New Orleans City Council's Criminal Justice Committee. The Sheriff, along with members of her Executive Team, briefed the Committee on the staffing crisis at the Orleans Justice Center, the initial progress made on compliance with the Consent Decree, long-term staffing and recruitment plans, and more.

Sheriff Hutson emphasized her commitment to prioritizing the safety of every life under her care. To show the seriousness of the staffing issues inside the jail, Sheriff Hutson invited the Committee to view the footage of the recent deaths that occurred, but warned them " . . . it is hard to watch, but our community elected us to handle the hard, tough crisis that arise." Sheriff Hutson also invited the full Council to personally tour the jail and see, firsthand, the immediate needs and areas that require retrofitting to provide safety.

The Committee was also informed by members of the OPSO Administration that new x-ray machines and body scanners would be installed over the coming weeks, and that reserve deputies had been deployed to increase security. OPSO's pay scales and promotional practices are currently under review and Sheriff Hutson is committed to increasing pay, both to benefit recruitment and retention.

Sheriff Hutson also informed the committee that over 100 residents of OJC were supposed to be transferred out of the facility and placed with the Department of Corrections and that she has met with DOC leadership and has already transferred nearly 50 residents. Over the next two weeks, Sheriff Hutson projects all persons who should be in custody with DOC will have been transferred from OJC to DOC.

Sheriff Hutson committed to continue to have public conversations to hear from the community and other actors in the Criminal Legal System to address jail operations, court security, and public safety.

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NBA Star Jrue Holiday and the Thurman Perry Foundation Visit the Orleans Justice Center to Support Women Residents

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1 JULY 2022

NBA Star Jrue Holiday and the Thurman Perry Foundation Visit the Orleans Justice Center to Support Women Residents

NEW ORLEANS –

Today, Jrue Holiday, NBA point guard with the Milwaukee Bucks and former New Orleans Pelican, visited the Orleans Justice Center with Ms. Gabriel Perry, Founder of the Thurman Perry Foundation to present donations of hygienic products to the women residents and tour the facility and observe some of the progress made under Sheriff Susan Hutson.

Through the Girl Code initiative, The Thurman Perry Foundation provides donations of organic, cotton, chlorine-free, dye-free, fragrance-free, and pesticide-free menstrual products monthly to the women housed inside of OJC.

Jrue Holiday and his wife, Lauren, contributed funds to make the 66,000th donation from the Girl Code initiative to the Orleans Justice Center.

"There's a bridge most people don't cross - those of us who live outside of jails don't often interact with those who live inside. We need to cross those bridges more often and do what we can to help meet the needs of persons in custody." - Jrue Holiday, NBA player (Milwaukee Bucks)

The Thurman Perry Foundation is a Louisiana-based nonprofit operating nationally dedicated to bettering the lives of women and girls impacted by incarceration. Their vision is to remove obstacles to success and ensure that every woman and girl receives a fair chance to thrive and succeed.

"Sheriff Hutson is ushering in a new era for Orleans Parish and embraces progressive ideas of how persons who are incarcerated should be treated. The Sheriff's vision directly aligns with our mission at the Thurman Perry Foundation." - Gabrielle A. Perry, Founder & Executive Director

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES NAMES AND DETAILS OF RECENT OJC DEATHS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
14 JUNE 2022

SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES NAMES AND DETAILS OF RECENT OJC DEATHS

UPDATED STATEMENT

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson released the names and additional details of both deceased former residents of the Orleans Justice Center.

Read more: SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES NAMES AND DETAILS OF RECENT OJC DEATHS

   

SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND COURTS REACH DEAL TO RESUME SOME IN-PERSON PROCEEDINGS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
13 JUNE 2022

SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND COURTS REACH DEAL TO RESUME SOME IN-PERSON PROCEEDINGS

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson met with the District Attorney, Public Defender, and the Judges en banc of Criminal District Court to discuss the restructuring of OPSO staffing at the courthouse.

Criminal District Court will resume some in-person proceedings on Tuesday, while other matters are scheduled to proceed virtually. This hybrid arrangement is the result of a collaborative effort by all parties to develop a short-term plan to increase safety at the Orleans Justice Center and the courthouse.

Read more: SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND COURTS REACH DEAL TO RESUME SOME IN-PERSON PROCEEDINGS

 

OPSO DEPUTY TEMPORARY REASSIGNMENT TO ADDRESS CRITICAL STAFFING SHORTAGE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 JUNE 2022

OPSO DEPUTY TEMPORARY REASSIGNMENT TO ADDRESS CRITICAL STAFFING SHORTAGE

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Sheriff Susan Hutson temporarily recalled all Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office deputies from their posts at the OPSO Training Academy, Transportation Division, and Kitchen Warehouse, as well as deputies who were assigned to Criminal District Court and some assigned to Civil District Court. They are being temporarily reassigned to the Orleans Justice Center to counteract a critical staffing shortage that has persisted for months.

Read more: OPSO DEPUTY TEMPORARY REASSIGNMENT TO ADDRESS CRITICAL STAFFING SHORTAGE

   

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