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PRISONERS OF KATRINA
2006

Producer/ director/ DoP for BBC News & Current Affairs

Executive producer: Karen O'Connor

BBC2

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while thousands fled New Orleans, the city’s prisoners were trapped.

 

Fresh eye-witness accounts reveal to reporter Olenka Frankel what really happened to those left behind,

and how crucial forensic evidence was simply washed away.

Long after most people had fled a devastated city, inmates of Orleans Parish Prison – many of them shackled –

were still waiting to be rescued from the blazing heat and the stinking floods.

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The documentary Prisoners of Katrina did not resolve the question of whether prisoners lost their lives in the aftermath of the storm. But when I saw the remains of that evidence room, one thing became clear: Katrina means scores of innocent prisoners will lose their lives to the Louisiana state penitentiary.                                                                                                           Clive Stafford-Smith

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