disaster? 28 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ■ Spring 2007 On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina set off a chain of events that swamped the criminal justice systems in its path. None felt it more than New Orleans. Nearly a year later, with victims and witnesses missing and much of the evidence lost, waterlogged, or destroyed, up to 500 defendants charged pre-Katrina walked out of jail free, including at least one first-degree murder defendant. But some prisoners in the system got lost and waited sometimes...