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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES STATEMENT ON RECENT STABBING INCIDENTS INSIDE THE ORLEANS JUSTICE CENTER

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4 AUGUST 2022
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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES STATEMENT ON RECENT STABBING INCIDENTS INSIDE THE ORLEANS JUSTICE CENTER

NEW ORLEANS – Today, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office released details on four stabbing events that occurred over the past eight days.

  1. 28 July 2022 - A male resident was stabbed during an altercation inside one of the pods. He was transported to University Medical Center where he was treated and later returned to OJC and was moved to a different pod.
  2. 31 July 2022 - A second male resident was stabbed during an altercation inside one of the pods. He was transported to University Medical Center where he was treated and later returned to OJC and was moved to a different pod.
  3. 2 August 2022 - A third male resident was stabbed during an altercation inside one of the pods. His injuries did not require off-site medical treatment. Instead, he received proper medical care inside OJC. After his treatment, he was moved to a different pod.
  4. 3 August 2022 - A fourth male resident was stabbed during an altercation inside one of the pods. He was transported to University Medical Center where he was treated and later returned to OJC and was moved to a different pod.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office will not, at this time, release the names or other identifying details about the victims. None of the sustained injuries were life-threatening.

Full investigations are being conducted by the Investigative Services Bureau (ISB), under the leadership of Asst. Sheriff Kristen Morales. All involved perpetrators will be charged, accordingly. Further details will be released once ISB has conducted its investigation.

Search and Confiscation of Contraband (weapons)

The Investigative Services Bureau, under the leadership of Asst. Sheriff Kristen Morales, is conducting a thorough investigation of the pods where the incidents occurred. Any contraband (weapons such as shanks, knives, etc.) will be confiscated and residents found to have them in their possession will face additional charges.

Statement from Sheriff Susan Hutson

"Our city is facing a surge in violent crime - that fact is just as true inside the Orleans Justice Center as it is in neighborhoods throughout our city. The safety of residents and staff in OJC is my top priority. I have instructed every person entering the jail to be screened using newly installed, state-of-the-art body scanners. Additionally, security rounds have been increased and we have dramatically reduced the number of jail residents who are permitted to be out at any given time to help ensure the safety of both staff and residents. I remain committed to the promises I made when I began serving as Sheriff just over three months ago; we are working hard to implement the changes I was elected to make. I ask for our community's continued engagement and assistance as we lay the foundation to undo decades of systemic damage done to our criminal legal system. - Sheriff Susan Hutson

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SHERIFF SUSAN HUTSON RELEASES STATEMENT SUPPORTING WOMEN’S RIGHTS

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7 JULY 2022

SHERIFF SUSAN HUTSON RELEASES STATEMENT SUPPORTING WOMEN’S RIGHTS

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Sheriff Susan Hutson announced that she will not accept any persons into custody at the Orleans Justice Center who are arrested for allegedly violating ACT 545, the 2006 "trigger law", for seeking or performing reproductive healthcare services.

The Sheriff's announcement tightens the circle of protection from arrest, prosecution, and incarceration for women and medical professionals who seek or provide reproductive healthcare services, including abortion-related healthcare treatments.

"Our community elected me to bring progressive change to our jail, not to bring us back to the days before Roe v. Wade. I stand with our District Attorney and City Council in saying we will not use the limited resources of our offices to criminalize a women's right to choose or a physician's duty of care."

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SHERIFF SUSAN HUTSON RELEASES TRANSITION REPORT

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5 JULY 2022

SHERIFF SUSAN HUTSON RELEASES TRANSITION REPORT

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Sheriff Susan Hutson released the full Transition Report containing the studies, surveys and recommendations compiled by her Transition Team. The Report contains over 200 recommendations for Sheriff Hutson to implement at the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office; with recommendations organized by (1) First 100 days, (2) First year in office, and (3) First term as Sheriff.

The Transition Team was led by three co-chairs: Prof. Andrea Armstrong, Hon. Calvin Johnson (ret.), and Mr. Flozell Daniels, Jr. They were tasked with three main objectives: (1) to conduct a deep analysis of the state of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, (2) to compare and assess best practices from other jurisdictions -both state and federal, and (3) to compile in-depth recommendations that would guide Sheriff Hutson and her Administration.

"I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of every person on our Transition Team. This Transition Report represents our community's priorities and vision for their Sheriff's Office and our Criminal Legal System as a whole. I love our community and take my charge and oath to deliver the changes they want to achieve to heart. I pledge to keep our community engaged throughout my tenure in office." – Sheriff Susan Hutson

On Inauguration Day, an Executive Summary of the Report was released. The full Transition Report is the result of structured research, discussions, and deliberations over an unprecedent five-month transition period. Over 150 dedicated volunteers formed six Working Groups to focus on six key areas of Sheriff Hutson's vision to deliver progressive change within the Sheriff's Office: (1) Care, (2) Custody, (3) Control, (4) Civil, (5) Command, and (6) Community.

The full Transition Report can be viewed below or found by visiting www.opso.us/media.

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

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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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