Once again, a hurricane dominates the happening in Louisiana. Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac causes prison inmate evacuations in Orleans, Terrebonne and St. Bernard parishes. Crowded correctional facilities as the Louisiana State Penitentiary get even more crowded. Pardon hearings and weekend visitations are cancelled. See the news from the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Louisiana State Prison “Angola” evacuated for the first time in history
Vincent Simmons, 85188, is temporarily housed at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center because the Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP) has been evacuated partially since May 9, 2011, due to the (potential) flooding along the Mississippi River. To locate a LSP inmate by phone, please call 225-383-4580.
According to projections by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the river will crest at 64.5 feet (19,66 m) on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at
the Louisiana State Prison (Angola). Twelve miles of levees ranging from 68 feet (20,73 m) to 72 feet (21,95 m) high surround the 18,000 acres prison ground (comparable in size with Manhattan) of seven formerly consolidated plantations. There are patrols around the clock at Angola. Some inmates remain there to provide support for the facility explains the website of the Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC).
Since Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, the Louisiana DOC has some practice in transporting large groups of inmates from one facility to another. But the state’s oldest and only maximum security prison “Angola” with a population of 5,108 detainees has never been evacuated before. It is a historical event and something new to all parties.
The Louisiana Department of Corrections informs:
- Visitation and outside activities at Louisiana State Penitentiary, Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, Avoyelles Correctional Center, Dixon Correctional Institute and Rayburn Correctional Center are cancelled until further notice.
- Court hearings for DOC offenders assigned to state correctional facilities scheduled for May 9th – June 17, 2011 have been continued and will be rescheduled at a later date.
- Parole Board hearings scheduled for May 10th – June 3rd, 2011 have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.