See here. As someone who has been there, I can vouch for some of what the Department of Justice has said about the Orleans Parish Prison. I remember Marlin Gusman giving some of us from Orleans Public Defenders a tour at some point in 2008 and being worried. We heard from clients that these sorts of things were going on and it’s nice to have the federal government confirm. All I can say is that it’s about time. Let’s hope that a settlement produces a consent decree…or that the U.S. Attorney brings suit.