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Old 04-20-2014, 04:24 PM
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Default 8 part expose on Louisiana and "prisons for profit"

This is a long post but please consider reading some the articles from below. They are truly informative and eye-opening.

I would love to hear feedback from others on this series of articles. It truly exposes Louisiana and their prison for profit system and why they keep it that way. While other states may lose money by running prisons, Louisiana and their specially chosen cronies are raking in millions

It really explains a LOT. I think anyone with a loved one in a Louisiana facility ought to read up on this. It is an excellent article and explains why Louisiana does NOT want to cut down on their incarceration rate. Most states want to reduce their need for prisons while Louisiana is paying corporations to run them and guaranteeing them that they will have and 85-95% occupancy rate. They are making a fortune with all of the BS involved in it.

Here are some quotes from the articles:

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 five times Iran's, 13 times China's and 20 times Germany's.

If the inmate count dips, sheriffs bleed money. Their constituents lose jobs. The prison lobby ensures this does not happen by thwarting nearly every reform that could result in fewer people behind bars.

It costs $1.43 a day to feed a female prisoner, $1.78 a day for a male, with a diet heavy on cheap staples like beans, rice and cornbread.


http://www.nola.com/prisons/

Here are some of the info from the 8 part article:

Part1:

BEHIND BARS: After two decades of policy shifts, Louisiana locks up unprecedented numbers.

A TRADE IN PRISONERS:
Some rural parishes' economies hinge on keeping their prisons full.


VIDEO
Clay McConnell of LaSalle Corrections

GRAPHICS
Prisoner spending state-by-state
Louisiana leads in percentage of inmates in local prisons



Part2:

AN ECONOMIC MACHINE: Private firms reap profit while sheriffs reap jobs and cash from prisons.

NEW PRISON IN NEW ORLEANS:
If the local facility is smaller, Orleans inmates may be scattered.


VIDEO
Angola warden
Burl Cain's perspective



VIDEO
Johna Haynes' story

GRAPHICS
Life without parole in Louisiana
Sentenced to life at a young age

Part3:

THROWING AWAY THE KEY: Lifers, paradoxically, get the best shot at rehabilitation in state prisons.

Part4:
LOCKED IN: Powerful interests conspire to obstruct reform of the state's draconian sentencing laws.

UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT: Convoluted sentencing statutes keep people incarcerated longer.

GRAPHICS
Louisiana sentencing laws are among the nation's harshest
More inmates serving time for drug crimes


Part5:
NO WAY OUT: Hundreds of pardon applications gather dust on the governor's desk.

Chart: Two governors, two approaches to issuing pardons

Part6:
HITTING HOME: The state's policies have a disproportionate impact on some neighborhoods.

Part7:
ROUGH RE-ENTRY: Inmates facing release have few programs to guide them to the right path.

GRAPHICS Going back to prison

Education levels of Louisiana's inmates


Part8:

ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT: Bipartisan reform makes possible a first for Texas: closing a prison.

PARTING WAYS: Texas stops helping Louisiana fill beds in its for-profit prisons.
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