Prison Capital of the World
Louisiana has a higher incarceration rate than any other state or nation in the world. One out of 87 adults are behind bars in Louisiana, which is more than twice the average rate of all 50 U.S. states and significantly higher than every other country in the world.
A Broken Criminal Justice System
Despite having more prisoners per capita than any other state, Louisiana continues to have one of the highest crime rates in the country. The state's murder rate ranked 1st in the nation every single year from 1989 to 2012 - a staggering 24 years in a row.
Locking Up the Wrong People
The majority of Louisiana's inmates are nonviolent offenders who pose little or no threat to society and who are routinely sentenced to long terms in prison with no chance for parole or probation.
Locking up these nonviolent offenders hasn't made a dent in Louisiana's crime rate, but it has cost an extraordinary amount of money, devastated families and communities, and turned the "Big Easy" into the "Prison Capital of the World."