wo years ago, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast, devastating the homes and lives of millions of people. As our nation's largest government watchdog and defender of civil rights, the ACLU has been inundated with reports of racial injustice and human rights violations in Louisiana and Mississippi, both during and since Katrina.
Broken Promises, a comprehensive report from the ACLU, documents the terrible conditions and dangerous lack of planning at the Orleans Parish Prison, and details other increases in police abuse, racial profiling, housing discrimination, along with other civil liberties violations and the ACLU's continuing response.
The report highlights stories from among the thousands of individuals whose lives were ravaged by the storm and its aftermath. The second anniversary of Katrina offers an opportunity to reevaluate the systems that were in place leading up to the disaster, and to assess whether those systems have since improved.