ACTION ALERT ** ACTION ALERT ** ACTION ALERT **
We invite all those troubled by the horribly dangerous conditions at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) to join with OPPRC this Wednesday March 26 at 10 am at the intersection of Tulane & Broad.
When? Wednesday March 26 at 10 am
Where? Tulane & Broad
- Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) continues to be an inhumane, unconstitutional and life threatening environment for people who find themselves housed there, as well as for those who work there. The first report of the federal monitoring team found that inmates in OPP “continue to experience severe problems with shoddy medical care, violence and a general attitude of apathy toward their grievances.” There have been 25 in-custody deaths in OPP since 2009. Up to 73 inmates a month are sent to the emergency room due to conditions at the jail, including for lacerations/punctures, fractures/dislocations, trauma, mental health crises, broken bones and sexual assault.
- OPPRC released an open letter to the City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee over a week ago calling for the Committee to hold a hearing to determine steps which the city can take to immediately address the current crisis in OPP. We have yet to receive any response to our letter. You can see the full open letter here.
- Yet another individual has died in custody since the release of OPPRC’s open letter, highlighting that an urgent response is a life and death matter! The death occurred following a fight between prisoners in the jail’s temporary housing unit known as “the tents,” and it has yet to be revealed whether there were any deputies in the tent at the time of the fight.
What? Join with OPPRC and others in New Orleans to demand urgent action to address the human rights crisis at OPP. Wear red or black if you are able
For more information, contact: Norris Henderson @ 504.453.4819.