Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has agreed to pay $900,000 in legal fees to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which represented inmates in a class-action lawsuit that led to a federally mandated overhaul of Orleans Parish Prison.
According to a joint filing Wednesday detailing the proposed settlement, The Times-Picayune reports Gusman's office will pay the center $15,000 monthly beginning in January 2014.
Several months after the suit was filed, the U.S. Department of Justice joined the center as co-plaintiffs, leading to about a year of hearings in which inmates revealed shocking accounts of gang rapes, stabbings and inadequate mental health care in the jail.
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk in June approved the consent decree.
Africk must sign off on the settlement before it is finalized.
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