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Agreement funds, for now, latest efforts at reforming notoriously dangerous Orleans jail

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NEW ORLEANS — Lawyers for the city of New Orleans and the local sheriff have reached agreement, for now, on how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reform the city's violent jail.

The pact reached in federal court Thursday marks the latest truce in an often nasty legal and political battle between the city, which funds the jail, and Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who operates it.

Late last year, the city agreed to provide nearly $1.9 million for court-ordered jail reforms. According to the latest agreement, about $950,000 of that remains unspent. Thursday's pact earmarks more than $457,000 for several new jail management positions. The remaining money will be used to look at numerous other issues, some dealing with plans for a new jail set to open later this year.

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