from an interested e-mailer who also mentions that the Good Doc has a new book out:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRISON MEDICAL DIRECTOR LASHES OUT AT K-VILLE DEPICTION OF DEATH AND FLOODING AT THE NEW ORLEANS PARISH PRISON
IN SEASON OPENER
New Orleans’ Dr. Demaree Inglese can’t help but agree with Robert Blanco of USA Today , whose review of Fox’s K-Ville begins with the words “Some wounds are too raw to be probed for popular entertainment.”
This is especially true, says Inglese, Medical Director of New Orleans’s prison during Katrina, of a key story point in which protagonist Trevor Cobb (Cole Hauser) confesses about his past as an OPP (Orleans Parish Prison) inmate, whose cellmate died in the prison during the flooding immediately following Katrina.
“No one died in the OPP,” says Inglese. “Fiction or not, this depiction is an affront to the medical staff and deputies who, for five harrowing days, risked their lives for the inmates and civilians in their care. They’re among the many unsung heroes of Katrina—as are many inmates—who will never receive the recognition they deserve. Minimally, however, their heroism should not be undermined. Unfortunately, since so many factual depictions make up the back story of K-Ville, viewers nationwide are left with the impression that prisoners under our care drowned.”