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|OPSO poised to sue over OCC cuts|
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office may pursue legal action against the Ouachita Parish Police Jury if it doesn't fully fund jail operations at Ouachita Correctional Center.
Late last week, The Ouachita Citizen obtained a letter from attorneys for the Louisiana Sheriff's Association addressed to the Police Jury.
In that letter, attorneys with the Louisiana Sheriff's Association stated the Police Jury's recent position that "responsibility for the funding of jail operations extends only to the limits of a special ad valorem property tax" was in direct conflict with state law.
"Under the Louisiana Revised Statues, the governing authority of each parish has the duty to provide a good and sufficient jail," according to T. Allen Usry with the New Orleans law firm Usry, Weeks and Matthews. The firm represents the Louisiana Sheriffs Association.
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