Inmates at a New Orleans jail barricaded themselves in a pod Sunday amid an ongoing standoff with prison guards.
The inmates at Orleans Justice Center staged the protest to demand improved living conditions – including another TV to watch Saints games.
Prisoners also demanded better nutrition and medical care, a washer and dryer, and more books.
The inmates in Pod 2A — a high-security pod — refused to return to their cells and to remove barricades from the entrances to the pod, Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson told Fox News.
Prison officials have offered inmates water, food and medicine for those in need.
“The sheriff’s deputies continue to use best practices to de-escalate the situation. They are negotiating with residents in hopes of resolving this matter without the use of force,” Hutson’s office said.
“So far, any offers to resolve this matter have been rejected by protest leaders.”
Video from WVUE protesters shows inmates screaming into cameras behind a screened-in window.
“We haven’t eaten since Thursday,” one inmate yelled. Another inmate claimed that a diabetic prisoner was not receiving insulin and was “close to death.”
“We, the people of Block 2E, are suffering inhumane treatment,” read another from a newspaper. “We are locked in our cells 20 hours a day. We don’t go to court. Some of us have not been in court for seven months.”
A simultaneous protest in the women’s section of the prison protest was quickly resolved, WDSU officials said, but the male protests have been ongoing since Friday. They reportedly communicated with each other through the toilet system.
The inmates’ protest comes after the Orleans Justice Center reported multiple stabbings at the facility, at least three of which occurred in Pod 2E, Hutson said.
In response to the stabbings, the OJC imposed a rotating lockdown schedule, which is another reason inmates said they were protesting.
Hutson’s office said the requests for a washer and dryer were likely because residents were destroying those machines to make weapons.
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