NEW ORLEANS, La. - Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman announced the plan regarding the relocation of inmates to various locations operated by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections across the state.
Gusman said 1,037 inmates were relocated to State Department of Public Safety and Corrections facilities. These inmates are housed in the Temporary Jail (tents) and the Temporary Detention Center.
The evacuation began Sunday evening and was completed Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. He said the objective was to complete the transfer in the best interests of inmate safety and the public prior to increased traffic on our highways, including the potential implementation of the state's contraflow plan.
"We are grateful for the assistance and cooperation of our partners, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force who helped facilitate these relocations," Gusman said.
In addition, in accordance to the Pursuant to the State of Emergency declared by the Mayor Mitch Landrieu, 80 inmates were released under the authority of the Judge's En Banc Order.
Until notified by the court, the Intake and Processing Center is refusing to accept for intake, booking, detention, or other confinement, any persons arrested for violation of municipal offenses or warrants, except those persons arrested on outstanding domestic violence or weapons charges.
Gusman also said individuals arrested for violations of the curfew ordinance, in the event that a mandatory evacuation is issued in Orleans Parish, will be accepted. Currenlty, all courts are currently closed because of the storm.
Gusman also said the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is on a high-alert status. He said 1,329 inmates remain in at the Orleans Parish jail in permanent housing facilities. Deputies and staff continue to operate according to the security and housing protocols.