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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Locked Up and Left Behind: What Happens to Prisoners During a Hurricane?

As hurricane Irene threatens the East coast thousands prepare for the worst, evacuate, and stock up on supplies. However, here is something we never really thought about...what happens to prisoners during a natural disaster? See the below article we came across via a friends facebook posting:

“We are not evacuating Rikers Island,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news conference this afternoon. Bloomberg annouced a host of extreme measures being taken by New York City in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, including a shutdown of the public transit system and the unprecedented mandatory evacuation of some 250,000 people from low-lying areas. But in response to a reporter’s question, the mayor stated in no uncertain terms (and with more than a hint of annoyance) that one group of New Yorkers on vulnerable
ground will be staying put..."

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So if they don't evacuate prisons is that wrong? Is it all right to leave prisoners there to die? Let's keep in mind that not everyone in prison is there for a horrible crime like molesting 3 year olds. Some may be white collar such as tax evasion or fraud, some prisoners have families that care a great deal about them, and in addition we have the HIGHEST incarceration rate in the world and do not have the largest population (this indicates a lot of people are in there who should not be).

Are prisoners unworthy of the level of humanity and compassion we generally yield towards other humans? What do you all think about this? Is this a borderline human rights violation? Is it acceptable? Let us know!

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  1. Awww. Such a shame for the prisoners. So many people are standing up for them. Comparing them to being treated like animals. Poor, tough luck.

    They ARE mostly animals and there is one in side those walls I hope does drown in his own shit filled cell. Get a grip people. It’s RIKER’S ISLAND! The majority of people there are there because it is a MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON and they have done some thing so terrible that they belong there. It isn’t a vacation and it isn’t somewhere they put petty larceny or silly non violent criminals.
    It’s no wonder the country is going down the toilet with every one so soft and sad for the people who add to it’s destruction.

  2. I remember post Katrina some New Orleans' inmates were able to escape only to cause havoc in other cities. You would think they would stay low key but many of them were just as arrogant as they were before they got locked up. I know for sure Atlanta did put many men back in jail after catching them in their old acts. In fact one idiot trying to claim turf in Atlanta wound up doing a drive by killing an innocent girl doing her homework. I do think that there should be some type of plan for natural disasters but it has to be something that allows correctional officers to keep control and account of the prisoners.

  3. Ummm are you sure that was an escaped inmate or just displaced Katrina people? I think they should put some sort of thing intact so that they can be evacuated. They are still humans



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