New Orleans: Prisoners Abandoned to Floodwaters

On today's Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman interviewed Corrine Carey from Human Rights Watch, who are investigating some 517 prisoners unaccounted for in the wake of Katrina.  According to the HRW

representative:
We went through that list and came up with 517 people who were still unaccounted for. We're certainly not saying that those people drowned in the facility, but there are credible reports, consistent reports from inmates of being left in that facility in locked cells. And so, we'd like to know from the Orleans Sheriff and from the Department of Corrections what happened to those 517 people....