After courtroom fireworks Tuesday morning from a video depicting drug use, gunplay and beer drinking by inmates inside the Orleans Parish jail complex, and one video showing an inmate hanging out on Bourbon Street, testimony in the week-long hearing over a proposed jail reform package turned to a corrections expert who called inmate violence in the jail the worst he’s seen.

The testimony from Manuel David Romero, an expert for the U.S. Department of Justice, echoed the testimony Monday from another expert for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which represents inmates in the case.

Romero, former deputy secretary of the New Mexico prison system, reported a wide array of lapses in the jail facility during two visits last year, in April and December. Those lapses included inmates engaging in “sexual misconduct” in plain view of deputies who did nothing, Romero reported.

Also among the facts that emerged during his testimony was that 32 inmates suffered stab wounds in the jail facility last year. There also were 698 prisoner assaults, one for every three to four inmates.

Let me be the first to support stricter gun control measures among the prison population. Har!



  1. Guyver says:

    Liberal social experiment run amuck.

  2. sargasso_c says:

    Looks like a college dorm.

    • G-White says:

      Ummmmm no! I’ve lived in both a college dorm and OPP and I didn’t need a shank in my college dorm…but I had three in OPP-HOD.

  3. deowll says:

    What happens in state prisons is a blame the governor thing. This is not a federal issue. Sounds like he needs to replace a lot of people. How good a job is your state doing?

    No adding in another level of incompetents, the fed, is staggeringly unlikely to fix this.

    • G-White says:

      Actually the Feds are the only ones who can possibly fix it. The city and state are too corrupt to fix it. If they could or wanted to, they would have years ago…. The Feds aren’t perfect for sure but oversight is the only thing thy can help that place. You’d just have to know the system there to understand…

  4. Hmeyers says:

    God will have to send Hurricane Katrina II to finish the job that GW Bush started with Katrina I.

    Because — like — Bush caused Katrina through global warming.

    Or something …

    • jpfitz says:

      I wonder sometimes if your supposition is close to the truth.

      The Pentagon “may” have known that one big blow was gonna wipe that low lands clean of the poor people. Um, most of the folks residing there were of color. So let nature just wash the nasty bits clean. Disgusting, yes, but only conjecture.

  5. Admfubar says:

    looks more like plot to privatize prisons, BEWARE!

    • G-White says:

      Idiot! They’ll never privatize that prison. They make a per diem on each prisoner. They make and skim too much money. They’d never let a company make what they are..

  6. Dallas says:

    This can be fixed if all inmates were required to have guns.

  7. Publius says:

    You have the US War on Drugs to thank for the high number of abuses people suffer in prison. The USA is #1 in the world in percentage of its own people sitting in a prison. About half of the entire prison population does not belong in prison. There would be a lower density of humans in these jails if it were not for the racket otherwise known as the US War on Drugs. But high headcount gets people a bigger budget, and no self-serving prison executive can turn away a bigger budget for his or her business unit.

    • Wrigsted the Dane says:

      U.S.. has 10 times as many people in prison in proportion to its population than we have here in Denmark and most other European countries and ten times as many police officers per capita. But you still have a high crime rate. It’s not exactly a tribute to your ideals as the country of the free, fair trials and all that. And we have laws against drugs, so you can not use that as an excuse.

  8. Mike Carlson says:

    This is a lack of attention the government is giving to what the inmates are doing.

  9. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    I post here not as the Second Highest Rated Troll on the DU Forum, and not because I don’t Type worth Sh*t and too often type what I was thinking “next” making what is presented incomprehensible, and then I often take joy in the spoonerism of the wrong word, but because when made the point of a comment, I do love words.

    pedro says:
    4/7/2013 at 4:38 am

    Sure. I’m the one with psychological problems. /// You are on the troll continuum with your “excessive” rejoinders to Dallas. Same with the Yawn. On balance, I think it is marginally ok as Dallas doesn’t take offense, considering the source. With Dallas you are trolling the individual. With yawns, you are trolling the forum.

    One advise from me: /// Here you are using advise as a noun. It is incorrect. Its a close call but clear–the difference between giving advice and what is given? I always pass over such misspellings as dwelling on the obvious and inconsequential is not interesting and the mark of a dull normal. But, when such an issue has been made a specific point, you should at least read and apply the very definition you pasted. Then, continue to post as you wish.

    Don’t ever let a shrink read one of your posts. You don’t even know how easy it is to push your buttons. /// Very few of us have buttons to be pushed. Just a few ruts.

    Of course, the forum benefits each and every time one of us posts as intelligently as we possibly can. I always get wifey to help me when that is called for.

    But, I dither.


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