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|Detail pay concerns police jurors|
The issue of detail pay for deputies assigned to Ouachita Correctional Center is something the Ouachita Parish Police Jury plans to keep a close eye on as the fiscal year progresses.
In May, the Police Jury cut OCC's budget by $1.2 million for the current fiscal year to help shore up finances at the parish prison, which has posted a deficit for the past several years.
The $1.2 million in reductions the Police Jury approved in the spring included some cuts in reimbursements the Police Jury pays the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office for staffing OCC as well as cuts in funding for non-personnel operational costs.
By law, the Police Jury is responsible for providing clothing, food, medical care and shelter for prisoners at OCC. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for staffing and operating the prison.
Parish treasurer Brad Cammack said the amended OCC budget the Police Jury approved in May did not include a cap on detail pay, though a cap was implemented on salaries and benefits for staffing.
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