Donald Thompson found himself in the hot seat on Wednesday evening.
“Well, I knew I wasn’t going to get that type of money to fix this jail,” said Donald Thompson, Opelousas Police Chief.
Based on notifications received by the Department of Public Health, the Chief made the decision to close the jail.
“Until we are able to get that money, I think they need to be transferred over to the parish jail,” said Thompson.
He claims, concern for the health and safety of the inmates impacted his decision.
“You didn’t even bring it to us to ask for funding to possibly fix the problems that were going on,” said Julias Alsander, Opelousas City Council Member.
Members of the council admitted to knowing the jail was in bad shape, but claimed they had no clue the severity. They were also unaware of the citations and letters from the Department of Public Health.
According to the council, Thompson had been receiving these violations notices since late February.
“Have you brought it to our attention since those two letters have come to the city of Opelousas,” said Alsander.
Thompson claims he was just doing what was in the best interest of the inmates.
“A plan of action should of been applied and we should of all been aware of the letters with the severity and the citations that were pointed out to him,” said Alsander.
Ultimately, the council voted to close the jail indefinitely.