Doing Katrina Time

44 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2019 Last revised: 12 Nov 2019

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Pamela R. Metzger

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2007


This Article explores one Katrina-law problem: the plight of the poor, unrepresented and uncharged prisoners. It attempts to explain why these detainees were unrepresented and abandoned and how we might better guarantee the quality of justice for future detainees. Katrina has proved that bright-line rules are the best lines of defense for the poor; criminal justice systems honor concrete rules more readily than abstract imperatives. Katrina also proved that good lawyering on behalf of poor people can bring joy in the midst of despair.

Keywords: Disaster Law, Sentencing, Constitutional Law, Law Enforcement, Government, Negligence, Torts, Victims

Suggested Citation

Metzger, Pamela R., Doing Katrina Time (2007). 81 Tulane Law Review 1175 (2007), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 444, Available at SSRN:

Pamela R. Metzger (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

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Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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