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Renewed optimism over reform prospects at New Orleans jail

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge is expressing renewed optimism about the prospects for change at the notoriously dangerous New Orleans jail.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's comments came during a Wednesday status hearing on a nearly five-year-old plan to reform the lockup.

Fights, drug abuse and suicide have continued at the jail despite that agreement. Two weeks ago a woman died while detoxing at the lockup.

But court-appointed monitors said Wednesday they have begun seeing signs that acting jail director Darnley Hodge is taking steps to overhaul policies and practices.

Hodge took over when the last court-approved jail director resigned in January amid reports that showed little progress in reform.

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