Jun 20, 2013 8:37 AM by AP

Potential change in jail conditions a concern

Members of a newly formed Lafayette Criminal Justice Committee say courthouse renovations and potential changes in jail population may affect local law enforcement staffing in coming months.
The Lafayette Parish Courthouse is in the midst of a remodeling that includes $634,500 in repairs to two of its five elevators.
And although overcrowding at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center isn't a problem now, Sheriff Mike Neustrom has expressed concern that conditions can change in the face of unforeseen crisis or a budget downturn.
Both issues are on the 4-month-old panel's radar.
The goal of the committee, which is headed by Neustrom, is to get a handle on problems affecting justice agencies before they evolve into something bigger.

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