Here's the Ultimate Read on the Biggest Prison Industry in the World

Photo: Nola.com

Photo: Nola.com

Want to know more about Louisiana's status as "Prison Capital of the World?"

Back in 2012, the Times-Picayune published an award-winning series on Louisiana's staggeringly high incarceration rates, draconian sentencing laws, and the cash-hungry politicians who drive its $182 million (a year!) private prison industry.  Trust us, this is way more compelling than anything you've seen on True Detective.  And the scary part?  It's all true.  

Read the whole series here. 

Here are the must-read parts:  

Photos:  Bart Everson, Nola.com