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"We were just left there to die," said Cardell Williams, a prisoner who spent two months in jail without ever being charged.
In the days before the hurricane, when other citizens of New Orleans were ordered to leave, city leaders were asked: "What about the prisoners in the jail?"
"The prisoners will stay where they belong," replied Marlin Gusman, the criminal sheriff in charge of the city jail.
Prisoners of Katrina
Saturday 28 October @ 0710 GMT
Repeated: Saturday 28 October @ 1510 GMT, Sunday 29 October @ 0010, 1210 & 2010 GMT
A year after Hurricane Katrina, Prisoners of Katrina finds out what happened inside Orleans Parish Prison. In the chaotic days that followed Hurricane Katrina, the image of thousands of orange-clad prisoners crouching on a broken bridge - held at gunpoint by a few overstretched guards - was an unforgettable image.
This is the untold story of almost 7,000 inmates - some murderers and rapists, but others never even charged - who found themselves trapped in the city jail as it flooded. BBC reporter Olenka Frenkiel reports on a justice system already near to collapse, and on its final tipping point - Katrina.