Laura Sanders, the Library System Director for the city, told The Los Angeles Times that she believes all people should have access to public institutions, like libraries: “We are here to serve all the residents of Lafourche Parish,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what ethnicity they are -- we serve them all.”
Sanders noted that Toups’ concern over funding for the prison may be personal. The councilman’s son and grandson were arrested in 2009 and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
In a blog post, she wrote: "This election has two sides and is controversial because the jail is in a deplorable state, but should the library have to foot the bill for its construction and operation for 30 years?"
The citizens seemed to agree with Sanders. The effort to move funding from the library to the jail was defeated by voters on Saturday.