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Sara Mayeux

Must-read: “Louisiana Incarcerated: How we built the world’s prison capital”

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The New Orleans Times-Picayune has an excellent series on how Louisiana became the world’s leading jailer. The eight-part series begins with these sobering stats:

Louisiana is the world’s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran’s, seven times China’s and 10 times Germany’s. …

One in 86 adult Louisianians is doing time, nearly double the national average. Among black men from New Orleans, one in 14 is behind bars; one in seven is either in prison, on parole or on probation. Crime rates in Louisiana are relatively high, but that does not begin to explain the state’s No. 1 ranking, year after year, in the percentage of residents it locks up.

In Louisiana, a two-time car burglar can get 24 years without parole. A trio of drug convictions can be enough to land you at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for the rest of your life.

 

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Written by sara

May 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Prisonmovement's Weblog.

    prisonmovement

    May 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

  2. It’s a crime that incarceration rates are so high for black men in this country, and Louisiana in particular. The War on Drugs is not working and leads to not only mass incarceration here in the U.S. but many problems in Mexico and Latin America as well. People need to wake up and realize that mass incarceration of black men in our country is a continuation of Jim Crow and does nothing to deter crime.

    Center for Transformative Action

    May 23, 2012 at 7:31 am


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