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    I was curious if anyone knows what they did with all of the jail and prison inmates down there?

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    Originally posted by LT. EXPLORER
    I was curious if anyone knows what they did with all of the jail and prison inmates down there?
    They have been moved to other prisons in the state, and the Greyhound bus station on Loyola ave is currently being used as a makeshift jail for those arrested for looting and other crimes until they can be transferred to other facilities.
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    • #3
      Wondered that myself after they showed a group of guarded inmates, on one of the flooded interstate ramps.

      From reading some of the stuff around Houston, a small percentage was sent to Harris County-where it's supposed to be overcrowded already. But guess sleeping on a floor in a crowded cell is better than the alternative at the moment...

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      • #4
        New Orleans' Newest Jail Open for Business
        JIM LITKE
        Associated Press

        NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- As looters filled the streets and shots rang out, the city's overmatched police knew that whatever other endeavors Hurricane Katrina brought to a halt, crime wasn't one of them.

        After being criticized for allowing lawlessness to spiral out of control in the days immediately following the storm, police began arresting people but then ran into a new problem - where to put them. With New Orleans' jails flooded, a temporary holding facility was set up at the city's train and bus terminal.

        It held only 30 prisoners by Monday, but that number was likely to swell if police from neighboring Jefferson Parish deliver inmates they had held the past few days.

        Nearly 8,000 prisoners were transported out of New Orleans jails last week and moved to state prisons and jails in neighboring towns.

        ''The first guy we housed drove up in a stolen car and wanted to buy a bus ticket,'' said Col. Terry Norris of the Louisiana Department of Corrections. ''We gave him a bus ticket, just not to the place he wanted to go.''

        Behind him, train schedules were still posted on a board. Above the Amtrak counter, the hands of a giant stainless steel clock were frozen at 4:30. Nearby, state prison inmates mopped the floors, stocked medical supplies alongside the Greyhound counter and pushed baggage carts loaded with other goods into storage.

        "They dropped three of us off and said, 'Make us a prison,'" Norris recalled with a rueful shake of his head. He and two other former troopers arrived Saturday morning and had the place open for business at 2 a.m. Monday.

        The temporary jail has a capacity of about 700. The cells behind the terminal are actually open-air cages with chain-link fencing, topped by razor wire, extending from the concrete train platform to an overhang about 15 feet high.

        Each cell is identified by a hand-lettered sign - ''Cell 1, misdemeanors,'' for example - and contains a portable toilet with the door removed.

        The prisoners are separated according to crimes. Inside ''Cell 3, felony,'' some two dozen men milled around. Nearly all had been brought in for looting. Any stolen property valued above $300 was being treated as a felony.

        ''Believe me, we reviewed every case carefully,'' said one corrections department official who asked that she not be identified because of safety concerns. ''These are not people who stole food. They stole drugs from pharmacies or TVs from stores.''

        The cells set aside for women, as well as those for prisoners facing federal and misdemeanor charges, were empty. Norris said only one prisoner had come through on federal charges, stemming from a shootout with police Sunday.

        A dozen others were for misdemeanors - addicts possessing small amounts of drugs or for disturbing the peace. One man had mooned a state police car on patrol.

        ''We hold 'em a while, and turn 'em loose with a summons,'' Norris said.

        Asked how many he expected to come back for a court date, he replied, ''About half. Maybe.'' Then Norris paused and said: ''I wonder how many we'll see in the coming days.''
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        • #5
          They should make the inmates help clean up. When we have had towns hit by tornados, thats one means that they have used to clean up. Good cheap labor, and it gets the inmates some fresh air...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by LT. EXPLORER
            I was curious if anyone knows what they did with all of the jail and prison inmates down there?


            Those are inmates of the Orleans Parish Prison being moved. Honestly, that looks like a recipe for disaster, but I guess it worked out okay. Offhand, I can't think of a better way of doing it though.

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            • #7
              They call'em floaters not inmates now.

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              • #8
                Here is my question on the inmates. It was obvious that the jail survived the hurricane and from the looks of it, the jail cells were well above sea level. So why was it so important to remove the inmates from the tall building? Wouldn't you have rather just moved the ones on the second floor up a couple levels? You would still have complete control and not expend all your man power. I know power and water were out but it just did not seem to be a dire emergency to move them out just then.

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