- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The City Planning Commission has delayed a decision on whether two old prison buildings should remain open to house inmates while the new Orleans Parish Prison is being built.

The commission voted Tuesday to consider a proposal at its March 25 meeting.

Planning commission staff members tell NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/PpWJcL ) that the proposal may be revised.

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell had asked that the Sheriff’s Office be allowed to keep open its temporary detention center and the Templeman V facility for inmates with special needs.

Under that proposal, no more than 500 beds in the older buildings would be available as the Sheriff’s Office, city officials and the U. S. Justice Department work out details about the size, management and operations at the new 1,438-bed prison now under construction.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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