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Judge orders temporary resumption of work on new jail in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS — A civil district judge in New Orleans has temporarily ordered work to resume on a nearly finished $145 million city jail.

Judge Kern A. Reese Friday granted a temporary restraining order requested by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. That allowed construction work at the jail to continue until a hearing July 8.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration issued a stop-work order Wednesday, saying the jail hasn't been built to house all types of inmates, including those with medical and mental health needs. The city says accommodating such prisoners was a requirement of permits issued by the City Council.

The city ordered a halt to further construction until Gusman can verify that he has addressed the problem.

Gusman's attorney, James Williams, says construction crews intend to be back on the job Saturday.

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