posted on Aug, 31 2005 @ 01:56 AM
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said late Tuesday that her office hasn't been able to verify reports of a prison riot and hostage-taking at a New
Orleans Parish Prison Commissioner Oliver Thomas told an ABC News affiliate that inmates at the prison have rioted, attempted to escape and are now
Thomas told WBRZ News in Baton Rouge, La. that a deputy at the prison, his wife and their four children have been taken hostage by rioting prisoners
after riding out the hurricane inside the jail building.
Blanco said downed communications systems have made it impossible to confirm the report.
"I do know that this morning we were trying to transfer prisoners form Jefferson (Parish Jail) and Orleans to other state prisons, because there's
no electricity, no food," she told CNN.
"I'm not sure exactly what's going on."
Meanwhile, local television stations reported that martial law has been declared in some parts of New Orleans, including the parishes of Orleans,
Jefferson and Plaquemines.
Due to the quickly deteriorating conditions, no one but emergency personnel was being allowed into the city.
The declaration allows the military to assume control over civilian forces, and is imposed to restore order in times of war and emergency.
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