Katrina: One Year Later Prisoners Still Lost In The System

This story appeared on NPR Friday. I found it kind of chilling. It concerns prisoners lost in the justice system post-Katrina. Many of them have been charged but have not received a trial. Others don’t have lawyers, some were scheduled to be released but can’t prove it because the records are missing, or worse yet, lost. It has gotten so bad that a judge in New Orleans is going to start releasing people tomorrow. The District Attorney disagrees saying something on the order of “…the fact that they are in prison today is a strong indication that they need to stay in jail until they are tried…”
In the meantime, students from the Tulane Law School are busy tracking down people who have served their sentence and have succeded in getting about 100 people released…

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