9/28/2005

Daily Kos: 527 Prisoners abandoned and drowned in New Orleans ?

Prisoners abandoned and drowned in New Orleans
by vinifera
Tue Sep 27th, 2005 at 18:15:15 CDT

On today's Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman interviewed Corrine Carey from Human Rights Watch, who are investigating some 517 prisoners unaccounted for in the wake of Katrina. According to the HRW representative:

We went through that list and came up with 517 people who were still unaccounted for. We're certainly not saying that those people drowned in the facility, but there are credible reports, consistent reports from inmates of being left in that facility in locked cells. And so, we'd like to know from the Orleans Sheriff and from the Department of Corrections what happened to those 517 people....

[B]y Monday, when the storm hit, guards were no longer in the facility. The inmates were left to fend for themselves during the storm. The most disturbing thing is that the water began to rise in many of the buildings. Some inmates tell us that the water had come up to their chest level, and they were still in locked cells.

Daily Kos: Prisoners abandoned and drowned in New Orleans

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