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New Orleans inmates barricade themselves in pod, make demands including books, TV to watch Saints games

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Inmates inside the Orleans Justice Center in New Orleans have barricaded themselves inside a pod and made a list of demands to improve their conditions.

The inmates’ long list of demands from prison officials include, among other things, better food and medicine, more books and a second television to watch Saints games.

Inmates at the Orleans Justice Center are protesting the conditions.

Other inmate demands include changing the alternate lock and requests for a washer, dryer and kiosk.

Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Susan Hutson told Fox News that residents of the high-security pod, 2E, are refusing to enter their cells and are complying with officers’ orders to remove the barricades from the entrances to your capsule.

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Hutson’s office told inmates that they have been offered food and water, as well as medication for inmates in need, but have been refused.

Hutson’s office said water access to pod 2E was revoked after inmates placed the mixture near pod entrances. His office said inmates also blocked the glass windows facing the pod from the control modules where officers secure the pod.

“Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to use best practices to de-escalate the situation. They are engaging in negotiations with residents in hopes of resolving this matter without the use of force,” Hutson’s office said. “Offers to resolve this matter have so far been rejected by protest leaders.”

The inmate protest comes after the Orleans Justice Center reported multiple stabbings inside pods at the facility in recent weeks. At least three of those stabbings happened in the pod where the inmates have barricaded themselves.

Orleans Justice Center

The sheriff’s office said the OJC imposed the alternate lockout schedule in response to those stabbings. His office also said the washer, dryer and kiosk requests were likely due to residents breaking these machines to make weapons in the past.

Sheriff Susan Hutson said the increase in violence inside the center reflects crime trends in New Orleans. In a statement earlier this month, Hutson said he had ordered enhanced security measures at the OJC.

“I have instructed all people entering the jail to be screened with newly installed state-of-the-art body scanners,” Huston said. “In addition, security rounds have been increased and we have dramatically reduced the number of prison residents who are allowed to leave at any time to help ensure the safety of both staff and residents.”


Hutson’s office said it will release video footage of 2E inmates allegedly dancing and playing board games, along with time-stamped still images from the past three days.


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