Prisoners Moved Out of N.O. Jails

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 7,500 prisoners had to be moved from jails in the New Orleans area.

The action prompting such widespread rumors of riots and jail breaks that Corrections Secretary Richard Stalder focused on the setting the story straight during a news conference with the governor. Stalder says there is no credible intelligence that riots or hostage situations have occurred.

One of the reasons for the widespread reports of riots and jail breaks was the way 3,000 inmates were left handcuffed on a highway overpass. They had to be shuttled by boat to waiting vehicles, a process that was still underway Wednesday.

Another 3,000 inmates remained in Orleans Parish Prison, and they were in line to be moved as soon as possible.