Above: Plan of NYC’s evacuation plan. Unlike the yellow areas, Riker’s Island will not be evacuated. Riker’s is a prison with 12,000 inmates and an $800 million annual budget. It’s just a few feet above sea level. During Hurricane Katrina, prisoners were left to fend for themselves in locked prisons with no electricity:
During Hurricane Katrina, Orleans Parish Prison (“OPP”), one of Louisiana’slargest penal institutions, was faced with having to protect and evacuate its prisoners during one of the worst natural disasters our nation has seen, and certainly the worst in New Orleans history. With inadequate or non-existent emergency plans, the prison was grossly unprepared to handle the storm and its aftermath. Prisoners were abandoned by guards and left stuck in locked cells while the levees broke and water began to flood the prison. Backup generators failed, leaving prisoners in darkness, some in flooded cells with water chest high. Prisoners were deprived of food, water, ventilation, and rescue. Prisoners were unable to protect themselves, and OPP and its officials failed to do it for them.