By Claire Byun
A plan to expand the Orleans Justice Center to include 89 beds for mentally-ill inmates is headed to the City Planning Commission after approval from City Council.
The proposal requires the CPC to start planning for a new 89-bed facility next to the Mid-City jail housing mentally-ill prisoners and is backed by the New Orleans Sheriff’s Office. The council approved the motion 5-1 after hours of debate and public comment at their meeting last week.
The second proposal, which was not approved by council but backed by Councilmember Susan Guidry, asks the commission to retrofit the Orleans Justice Center to house mentally-ill prisoners while reporting back to the council during planning.