Orleans Prison Should Be Fully Staffed By July 1

The federally-appointed administrator of the Orleans Parish Prison says the facility should be fully staffed once again by July 1 as new deputies are hired and others complete re-training.

The jail has been plagued by violence, due in part to a staffing shortage and 800 of the jail's 1,500 inmates have been sent to other facilities across the state.

The Sheriff's Office has been working to hire an additional 125 employees by July 1, raising the Sheriff's workforce to just over 800.

At a community meeting on Thursday night, the jail's compliance director Gary Maynard said the Sheriff's Office has been "properly funded" by the city and now has the money it needs to beef up staffing.

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