- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An Orleans Parish jail worker and an inmate were arrested Monday after the worker admitted to taking the inmate to his home in New Orleans.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release employee Gregory Jacques was booked with seven counts of principal to simple escape and one count of malfeasance.

Inmate Wilbert Robinson faces seven counts of simple escape. Robinson was transferred into the custody of the Louisiana Department of Corrections and move outside of Orleans Parish.

Jacques appeared before a magistrate court judge Monday night and was released on his own recognizance.

The news release said Robinson served as an assistant under Jacques, who was assigned to perform electrical work around the jail.



The sheriff’s office said Robinson was seen outside of jail property. Deputies say Jacques admitted he escorted the inmate to his home in the Gentilly section of New Orleans.

Online jail records did not list an attorney for Jacques.

Monday’s arrest following several incidents at the Orleans Parish Prison in recent years. They include inmates’ assaults on each other and on jail staff, attempted suicides and allegations of sexual assault.

Last December, a grand jury indicted a sheriff’s deputy in connection with a stabbing inside the jail. The Sheriff’s Office said the deputy failed to follow procedures.

Several inmates also were indicted on counts of attempted second-degree murder in the attack.

Conditions at the jail have been the subject of litigation for many years. In 2012, as a result of a lawsuit, Sheriff Marlin Gusman reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department on reforms. Hearings followed, with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration getting involved in political and court battles over costs of reform at the city-funded institution. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk approved the agreement in June 2013.

During one hearing last year, the court released an inmate-made video showing blatant drug and alcohol use and the brandishing of a loaded handgun in a part of the jail that is now closed.

Gusman opened a new $150 million lockup in late September.

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