Open Letter in Response to Proposed Jail Expansion

 

 

 

Dear Members of City Council,

We, the undersigned organizations through the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC), write in response to the Supplemental Compliance Action Plan filed on January 4, 2017 by Compliance Director Gary Maynard. We wish to convey our firm commitment to the 1,438-bed cap of the jail, and our opposition to any jail expansion in excess of that cap. Our position is grounded in our commitment to improving conditions for people with mental illnesses, and in improving public safety through ending over-incarceration. We call upon our City Council representatives to use their authority to support a Phase III with no additional beds, support a retrofit of Phase II to constitutionally house those with mental illnesses who must be incarcerated, and oppose the renovation of the Temporary Detention Center (TDC), in order to truly improve safety for residents inside and outside of jail.

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