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Jun 19, 2014 6:18 AM by AP

Judge OKs keeping jail blueprints secret

A federal judge has approved a motion to make sure various drawings and blueprints of New Orleans jail facilities are kept secret while discussions continue on the housing of mental health patients at the facility.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk issued the order Wednesday. New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman's lawyers had sought the protective order. They said jail blueprints exchanged during discussions on the mental health issue include details that could affect security and safety.

The order is the latest in ongoing efforts to reform the jail under an agreement reached in a lawsuit filed by inmate advocates. Africk's order says the documents can be examined only by parties to the suit who need to see them as part of that litigation.

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