The New Orleans City Council held a second hearing Thursday on the proposed 2014 budget for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, as it seeks to answer the question of how much the city will have to pay for court-ordered changes at the city's jail.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman answered questions about his proposed spending plan. He says he needs $36.1 million from the city in 2014. That figure includes $11.2 million to implement the federal consent decree.
Mayor Landrieu proposes to give the sheriff $14 million less, or $22.1 million for 2014, the same amount Gusman got to operate on this year. The proposal does not includes funds for jail reforms.
The sheriff's plan includes hiring an additional 100 deputies in 2014 and reducing the number of inmates held at the jail to reduce costs and meet the requirements of the consent decree.