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Jun 7, 2014 12:46 PM by AP

Sheriff wants jail drawings kept secret

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man who operates New Orleans' jail is asking a court to make sure various drawings and blueprints of jail facilities are kept secret while discussions continue on the housing of mental health patients held at the facility.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman's attorneys made the request in a federal court filing Friday. The filing was made as the court oversees a reform plan for the jail - the result of a lawsuit brought by inmate advocates and the U.S. Justice Department.

Gusman's filing says jail blueprints exchanged during discussions on the mental health issue include details that could affect security. They include areas of refuge for deputies and the locations of entries, exits and stairwells and their linked control points.




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