Judge in New Orleans jail case criticizes communication gaps

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Posted: May 27, 2016 2:21 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The judge overseeing a hearing on whether the New Orleans sheriff should be stripped of control of the city's jail has criticized the lack of communication between various government agencies.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said during Friday's hearing that so much of the problem "is the inability of the agencies to work together."

Africk's comments came during a back-and-forth about whether information about inmate gang affiliation was properly collected.

Friday was the third day of the hearing. The U.S. Justice Department and inmate lawyers would like to have the jail placed in receivership — a drastic action that would eliminate the chief duty of the elected sheriff.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman has argued his progress in complying with a 2013 court-approved reform plan is being ignored.