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"Tent City" At Orleans Parish Prison Is Coming Down

The temporary structures housing inmates at Orleans Parish Prison dubbed "Tent City" is coming down, Sheriff Marlin Gusman announced Tuesday.

"We have been having these tents since 2006...December of 2006. They were meant to be temporary, and now we're seeing just how temporary they are," Gusman said.

The structures went up after Hurricane Katrina, and were a "necessary stopgap" says Gusman.  One tent was already in the process of being dismantled Tuesday afternoon. Three others will come down in a few weeks, the rest in a few months as construction work wraps up on a new correctional facility.

"The inmates that were housed in these four tents have been moved to other sheriff's office facilities," said the Orleans Parish Sheriff.


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