POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 5:04pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — It's the fourth day of federal hearings looking into the inhumane conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison and Mayor Mitch Landrieu is expressing some serious concerns due to the case.
Earlier this week, video from 2009 was played in court  showing inmates doing drugs, dishing out soup from bins in overcrowded cells and wielding guns inside the city's now-closed house of detention. That video sparked a new demand by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the federal government to take over the jail.
"I think it's clear that the entire management practice over at the Orleans parish Prison have just been terrible and they have broken down and fallen down," he said. “This week's hearings are part of a proposed consent decree to reform operations at the jail and a lawsuit filed against Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman.”
Gusman took the stand this morning to deny accusations that any inmate had their constitutional rights violated.