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April 4th, 2013
08:16 AM ET

New Orleans jail video shows drugs, guns, filth – Sara Ganim reports

FROM CNN WIRES:

(CNN) - On shaky, grainy video recordings, a group of men show off a stash of pills, pop open Budweiser tall boys and shoot dice for stacks of cash. One injects what appears to be heroin; another displays a large-caliber pistol, ejecting four bullets from the chamber to show that it's loaded.

Here's the punchline: These guys are already in jail.

The scenes were captured in 2009 on a camera smuggled into the House of Detention in New Orleans, a decrepit lockup pressed back into service after Hurricane Katrina. The video's release during a federal court hearing this week sparked a new demand by the city's mayor for the federal government to take over the Orleans Parish prison system and a round of I-told-you-sos by advocates for the inmates held there.

On "Early Start" this morning, CNN's Sara Ganim reports on the video and the potential fallout for officials.

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Filed under: Jail • Shocking video
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  1. Diogonese

    Wow, those people in New Orleans sure take partying seriously. Jail house rock, for real.

    April 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Reply

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