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James Alan Fox

Emergency preparedness needed for prisons

Orleans Parish prisoners are evacuated from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 31, 2005. Orleans Parish prisoners are evacuated from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 31, 2005. (Associated Press)
By James Alan Fox
February 18, 2012
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The recent prison fire in Honduras that engulfed and killed more than 350 inmates who were unable to escape their locked and crowded barracks may have occurred in a faraway land where life is cheap and human rights are few, but such tragedies are waiting to happen much closer to home. With the high level of disregard and disdain that so many US citizens have for criminals secured away in our state prisons and county jails, few ever consider the plight of prisoners in the face of disaster, be it sudden or foreseen. ___________

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