The so-called phase two of the Orleans Parish Prison, and more specifically the size of it, has been a source of confrontation for the sheriff, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council. The new jail is slated to open by Sept. 15.
"I wish it could've been sooner, should've been done sooner, but we're going to take what we have right now," said Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
Gusman is making his case for the city to build another new jail, but its leaders are against the idea and would rather use that money on other programs.
It's all a part of a year-long battle Gusman has had with New Orleans leadership. New Orleans withdrew opposition to the design of the new jail about to be built in July.