14 inmates charged for crimes related to controversial video recorded in Orleans Prison

Photo taken from video provided by WDSU.

POSTED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 3:13pm

Fourteen inmates now face a nine-count indictment related to controversial videos that shows drug use and other illegal activity at the Orleans Parish Jail.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office confirmed to WDSU that the inmates will face a number of contraband charges.

The video was released on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 as a part of a legal hearing regarding a consent decree at the jail. In the video you can see prisoners snorting, injecting and smoking various drugs inside a jail cell. At one point an inmate is seen flashing a hand gun.

A second video shows inmate Arthur Johnson walking free on Bourbon Street. He is seen talking with police officers and civilians in the French Quarter. He is being additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The final video describes the conditions of the prison, which includes moldy shower rooms adjacent to where inmates were served food.

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