Monday, September 12, 2005

Prisoners & Katrina

From Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FLIC) comes information about locating children or adults who were in prison in the areas affected by Katrina: -- If you had a family member locked up in Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) or Jefferson Parish Detention Center when Katrina hit, call the DOC hotline at (225) 342-3998 or (225) 342-5935 to locate where your loved one is now located. The hotline is taking calls from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. No matter where your family member was locked yo when Katrina hit, you can also call these numbers to tell your loved one where you are and how you are doing. If the above numbers are not working or if the person you talked to could not help you, call Lisa as the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) at (404) 688-1202, ext. 225 or email lkung@schr.org. For children and youth locked up at Youth Study Center, Plaquemine Detention Center, St. Bernard Detention Center, Terrebonne Detention Center, Rivarde Detention Center or any other youth detention facility, call Perla at (225) 287-7988 or (225) 328-3607 to locate where your child is being house, and/or to tell your child where you are. Ask Perla for the phone number of the facility where you child is now located, call the facility, and ask to speak to your child. For parents of children locked up at Bridge City Center for Youth when Katrina hit, call (225) 778-9000 and ask to talk to your child. If these numbers are out of date or if the person you talked to could not help you, call Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FLIC) for help: Grace (337) 513-7039 or Xochitl (504) 606-8846, or email us at familiescantwait@yahoo.com or xochitl@mediajumpstart.org