NEW ORLEANS, LA — More than 400 inmates have been moved from the Orleans Parish Prison, and roughly 70 were released.
"In accordance with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations and Hurricane Preparedness Plan, 298 male inmates and 134 female inmates were relocated to State Department of Public Safety and Corrections facilities out of harm's way,” Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman said. “These inmates are housed in the temporary housing facility or ‘tents.’”
The evacuations began during the early morning on Friday, Oct. 4. It was completed shortly before 7:00 a.m.
“Our objective was to complete the transfer in the best interests of inmate safety and the public prior to increased traffic on our highways,” Sheriff Gusman explained.
Some of the inmates, however, were allowed to walk away from the prison.
"Approximately 70 individuals have been released under the authority of the Judge's En Banc Order,” Sheriff Gusman said. “Until notified by the court, the Intake and Processing Center is refusing to accept for intake, booking, detention, or other confinement, any persons arrested for violation of municipal offenses or warrants, except those persons arrested on outstanding domestic violence or weapons charges.”
However, Sheriff Gusman reassured that deputies will remain in the city to continue public safety.
"The OPSO is on a High Alert Status,” he said. “Our deputies and staff continue to operate according to the security and housing protocols outlined in our High Alert procedures. We are in communication with the City, the Courts, the District Attorney and other authorities, as the situation develops.”