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County jails across nation at risk in disasters

from Claims Journal

When record-breaking floodwaters inundated a Florida jail, sending clothes dryers floating and natural gas seeping into the building that was running on generator power, no outside agency had the authority to force county officials to move the 600 men and women locked inside. “All day people were telling the (corrections officers) that they were smelling gas. People were drowsy and getting sick, throwing up from the heat and the gas and the smell from the restrooms,” inmate Samuel McCreary told The Associated Press in a recent telephone interview. Hours later, an explosion ripped through bottom floor of the Escambia County jail, killing two inmates, injuring more than 200 and leaving a corrections officer paralyzed. more

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