21 August 2006

New ACLU report on prisoners left to die in New Orleans

When we think about Hurricane Katrina, we think about the poor minority folks who lacked the means to get out of New Orleans, the pets left behind, and the sick left to die in their hospital beds.

Now, with Katrina's one-year anniversary just around the corner, the American Civil Liberties Union has released a report, titled Abandoned & Abused, about the other forgotten victims -- prisoners trapped in jail cells as the flood waters rose.

These victims included thousands of men, women, and children, and their stories are heartwrenching. Imagine being locked in a cell, in the sweltering darkness, hungry and thirsty, as sewage-tainted water slowly rises up to your neck.

To read the ACLU's press release about the report, which includes some alarming case information (including the plight of a 13-year-old girl trapped in a prison's holding cell with a bunch of men), click here.

To download the complete report and related materials, click here.

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