NEW ORLEANS - 4-15-2015
Candlelight vigil, crime victim resource fair planned
The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the New Orleans Police Department, is hosting two events to observe National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 19-25, 2015.
The public is invited to a candlelight vigil for victims of crime from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at the New Orleans Police Department headquarters, 715 S. Broad St. Participants are asked to bring a framed 8 x 10 picture of a loved one who died as a result of violence.
During the candlelight vigil, a butterfly release will take place.
The public is also invited to a Crime Victim Outreach & Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, 819 S. Broad St. A ceremony to honor families impacted by violence will be held during the fair. A light lunch will be served.
NEW ORLEANS - 3-31-2015
Following is a statement from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office regarding dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Bryan Collins:
The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office welcomes the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Vance to summarily dismiss a lawsuit filed by Bryan Collins. The Sheriff's Office has contended from the outset that Mr. Collins' lawsuit lacked merit, and the judgment in federal court confirms it.
As part of her 17-page ruling in favor of the Sheriff's Office, Judge Vance stated: "In sum, the Court finds that plaintiff's speech violated departmental policy, impaired discipline by Sheriff's Office officials, and interfered with the regular operations of Orleans Parish Prison. Thus, the Court holds that the Sheriff's Office's interest in the efficient provision of services outweighs plaintiff's interest in the speech and, therefore, that plaintiff's distribution of the crime scene photograph is not protected by the First Amendment."
"Mr. Collins' lawsuit was a politically motivated attack that failed," said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman.
Medical Inmate Advocate
If you have a medical question about an inmate, call the Medical Inmate Advocate at 504-822-8000, ext. 4134.
The Medical Inmate Advocate is an experienced OPSO nurse who will investigate your concern and call you back. If you wish to provide medical information about an inmate, call the Medical Inmate Advocate. Medical confidentiality is maintained, but your concerns will be addressed.
Programs for Public Benefit
The OPSO Harmony House addresses the needs of parent, child, the courts, and the communities of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan areas by providing a safe, supportive environment for Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchanges with equal regard for parent and child safety.
The OPSO chapter of the Young Marines is in partnership with the national Young Marines program. Youth under the age of 18 enroll for drill, games, field trips, and education.
West Bank Major Crime Taskforce
Deputies assigned to this task force focusing on major crimes and narcotics enforcement on the West Bank.
United States Marshalls Task Force
OPSO also participates in US Marshall task force activities, focusing on the apprehension of violent criminals in the Greater New Orleans Area and monitors registered sex offenders in Orleans Parish.
The Great Body Shop
The Great Body Shop program is a school-based program which covers drug prevention, health, bullying, emergency situations, nutrition, and other topics for youth from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Materials and training are available from OPSO.
Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman’s Supervised Visitation Center
This program is in partnership with Harmony House and provides non-custodial parents a safe drop-off and/or visitation area.
Juvenile Curfew Center
OPSO maintains the Orleans Parish Juvenile Curfew Center in conjunction with the New Orleans Police Department. Youth under the age of 18 are brought to the facility when they violate City of New Orleans curfew laws and are held in a non-secure environment until a parent or guardian arrives for them.
Elderly Victim Assistance and Victim’s Assistance
This program is in partnership with the State of Louisiana Victims Assistance Board and provides limited funding and assistance to elderly or non-elderly victims of crime.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
DARE is a school-based drug awareness and prevention program for youth. OPSO’s main focus is sixth graders through high-school.
This program focuses on outstanding warrants for violent crimes. Persons wanted for violent crimes are targeted and arrested for public safety. This program is grant funded in partnership with the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and focuses on proactive crime prevention in high crime areas and the apprehension of wanted fugitives.
Programs for Inmates
Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center
Department of Corrections inmates who have eighteen months or less and a suitable record can end their sentence in the work release program at the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Facility.
This program is in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and provides job training, counseling, and drug treatment services to DOC inmates who are within nine months of release.
This program is available to inmates in Conchetta, the South White Street Female Facility and the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center and will be expanding to other buildings as additional volunteers are gained.
Low Literacy to GED Educational Services
These services are provided by our educational partners, the Orleans Parish Public Schools’ Alternative Learning Institute (South White Street Female Facility, juveniles held as adults, House of Detention, and Orleans Parish Prison)...
This program is in partnership with the Louisiana Commission for Law Enforcement and will shortly be introduced at the South White Street Female Facility. Female inmates will receive intensive drug treatment counseling and educational services.
HIV Counseling and Testing
This program is in partnership with the Office of Public Health. All incoming arrestees are offered HIV testing upon arrival. A trained nurse is on hand to counsel the patient on the results. As a matter of course, arrestees...
GED Testing Center
OPSO is a State of Louisiana Department of Education certified GED testing facility. We give a monthly GED test for the public, and test inmate students within secure facilities approximately every two months or as students are ready.
Electronic Monitoring Program
This program is in partnership with the City of New Orleans and the Crime Coalition. At the discretion of the courts, bonded, sentenced inmates are fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet...
Day Reporting Center
The Day Reporting Center is a collaborative agreement between the New Orleans Sheriff Office and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. The New Orleans Day Reporting Center program strives...
Inmates who are considered low risk and who wish to work for the public good are assigned to Community Service, where they perform a number of civic tasks. The Community Service Division also works in partnership with...
This program is available to inmates in the House of Detention and the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center and will be expanding to other buildings as additional volunteers are gained. There is also a group...