NEW ORLEANS — A civil district judge in New Orleans has temporarily ordered work to resume on a nearly finished $145 million city jail.
Judge Kern A. Reese Friday granted a temporary restraining order requested by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. That allowed construction work at the jail to continue until a hearing July 8.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration issued a stop-work order Wednesday, saying the jail hasn't been built to house all types of inmates, including those with medical and mental health needs. The city says accommodating such prisoners was a requirement of permits issued by the City Council.
The city ordered a halt to further construction until Gusman can verify that he has addressed the problem.
Gusman's attorney, James Williams, says construction crews intend to be back on the job Saturday.