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Hurricane Ida prep: Over 1,400 evacuated from jails in Orleans and Plaquemines – WDSU New Orleans

More than 1,400 people jailed in Orleans and Plaquemines parishes have been evacuated to state prison facilities in preparation for Hurricane Ida, authorities said Saturday. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said 835 inmates were relocated to Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections prisons. Three were released “under Declaration of Emergency,” he said in a statement. In Plaquemines Parish, just over 600 inmates were evacuated to state prisons, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jerry Turlich said. All inmates had been transported as of Saturday afternoon, he said. Turlich said fire, EMS and sheriffs deputies will use the facility for high ground. In Orleans Parish, the evacuations started Friday and were completed Saturday. “Our objective was to complete the transfer in the best interest of inmate safety and the public, prior to increased traffic on our highways, including the potential implementation of the state’s contraflow plan,” Gusman said. “Our electronic wristband system is in use as an extra level of security to ensure that we know the exact status and location of each inmate at all times.”While the fast-developing storm made logistics difficult, OPSO was able to evacuate all but one bus before traffic grew too congested. Twenty-two of those in custody have tested positive for COVID-19 and were transported separately, the sheriff said. They will remain separated and Wellpath, the OPSO’s medical contractor, is continuing to care for them. Gusman said the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Louisiana Sheriff’s Task Force helped facilitate the evacuation.The OPSO does yearly mock hurricane evacuation and reviews protocol with staff regularly “to ensure that we are ready for whatever lies ahead,” Gusman said.

More than 1,400 people jailed in Orleans and Plaquemines parishes have been evacuated to state prison facilities in preparation for Hurricane Ida, authorities said Saturday.

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said 835 inmates were relocated to Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections prisons. Three were released “under Declaration of Emergency,” he said in a statement.

In Plaquemines Parish, just over 600 inmates were evacuated to state prisons, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jerry Turlich said. All inmates had been transported as of Saturday afternoon, he said. Turlich said fire, EMS and sheriffs deputies will use the facility for high ground.

In Orleans Parish, the evacuations started Friday and were completed Saturday.

“Our objective was to complete the transfer in the best interest of inmate safety and the public, prior to increased traffic on our highways, including the potential implementation of the state’s contraflow plan,” Gusman said. “Our electronic wristband system is in use as an extra level of security to ensure that we know the exact status and location of each inmate at all times.”

While the fast-developing storm made logistics difficult, OPSO was able to evacuate all but one bus before traffic grew too congested.

Twenty-two of those in custody have tested positive for COVID-19 and were transported separately, the sheriff said. They will remain separated and Wellpath, the OPSO’s medical contractor, is continuing to care for them.

Gusman said the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Louisiana Sheriff’s Task Force helped facilitate the evacuation.

The OPSO does yearly mock hurricane evacuation and reviews protocol with staff regularly “to ensure that we are ready for whatever lies ahead,” Gusman said.

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