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"Camp Amtrak" - Abuse, Forced Labor in New Orleans?

This has wild allegations of arrestees being abused and forced to clean up jails and other facilities. I find some of it slightly believable, but the obvious racism in the report makes me quite skeptical of their interpretation of most events described.

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ACLU to sue over jail conditions

The ACLU intends to sue over the conditions discussed by Human Rights Watch in "Were New Orleans inmates abandoned?"

It took three days to evacuate over 6,000 inmates from the lockup after the storm hit on Aug. 29, prison authorities have said. The prisoners are now being held at 38 state and local lockups around Louisiana.
The American Civil Liberties Union's court filings demand information about where each prisoner is locked up. The group also wants the sheriff's office to halt any clean up at the jail because it could destroy evidence that prisoners were left standing in bacteria- and petroleum-laden floodwater.
A spokeswoman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman said in an e-mail that the sheriff had not yet been served with the papers.
Gusman has acknowledged previously that a loss of electricity plunged the jail into darkness, with no electricity or working toilets, creating an oppressive, foul-smelling atmosphere.
But he denied inmates' most shocking accusations: that corpses were floating through the facility and some prisoners went for days without food and water. He said prisoners, his staff and their families had food from the prison, plus MREs supplied by the military.
The ACLU was named counsel for all of the jail's inmates under a 1994 federal consent decree mandating heath and environmental standards.

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NO might release hundreds of prisoners

Because they have no money, the New Orleans district attorney says they might have to release hundreds of prisoners and even shut down altogether.

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Sharks circling in New Orleans

Needless to say, there will be a large number of lawsuits filed over the storm.
9/15 LAT "Lawyers Planning a Deluge of Hurricane Damage Lawsuits"
9/28 NOLA "The people v. Hurricane Katrina"
10/4 AP "Panhandle company denies it contributed to levee break" discusses a potential class action suit brought by Daniel Becnel Jr. against Gulf Group Inc. of Southport, FL.

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