Plantations, Prisons and Profits
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: May 25, 2012 | Original here
|Charles M. Blow|
• One in 86 Louisiana adults is in the prison system, which is nearly double the national average.• More than 50 percent of Louisiana’s inmates are in local prisons, which is more than any other state. The next highest state is Kentucky at 33 percent. The national average is 5 percent.• Louisiana leads the nation in the percentage of its prisoners serving life without parole.• Louisiana spends less on local inmates than any other state.• Nearly two-thirds of Louisiana’s prisoners are nonviolent offenders. The national average is less than half.