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Old 04-20-2014, 04:24 PM
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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.

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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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Thanks for this, I've subscribed and will read it all tomorrow. My ambien is kicking in. Thanks again for the info
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Thanks Tasha005 and Rlfeelin.

It is a whole lot to read but it is fascinating to see just how much certain people are profiting from this and why they would be opposed to any reform that would reduce the number of prisoners or reduce the sentences that they are given.

I remember staying up late and reading all of it and then going back and rereading it because it was so much information. Amazing how Louisiana has turned prisons into such a profitable enterprise. It's even more astounding to realize that those profits are made by depriving the people incarcerated to access to programs that would help rehabilitate them. Those programs cost money which would reduce the prison's profit so those programs are not offered.

I had a loved one in Madison Parish at one of the "for profit" prison" and the conditions were pretty disgusting. Fresh fruit or veggies were almost non existent, usually just an occasional half of an orange or a quarter cup of shredded lettuce, maybe once a month or every few weeks. Phone calls were expensive, over $5 for 15 minutes and it costs $9 to add money to the account. If the phone call did not connect right, too bad, they STILL charged you and refused to refund any money.

Luckily my loved one is out of there now because it was just getting worse. They had recently announced that $1.47 a day was TOO expensive to feed the female inmates and they were cutting down even more. They also cut out the ability to mail order stuff from the outside supply company so now the inmates have to rely on the commissary for everything.
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There is a lawsuit towards Telecoin svc in Bossier Parish. I think there was a law passed saying they couldn't chsrge all the fees, but they still do. And yes people that work for the parish are against the new law. They say it will cut their funds, and this is the price you pay for being incarcerated. You must see the video which I believe is on KTBS. I don't know all the details, but this does seem to be exactly what you are talking about.
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Definitely will be reading these...thank you for posting!
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This has been going on for at least 35 years that I know of. It will not be getting any better in the near future due to lack of industry in many of the Parishes and tax base erosion. The only industry some have left is the prison industry or low paying one that don't let the Sheriff's collect enough taxes to operate.
They (Sheriff,LSP and other LE) will never be in favor of revamping the system so, it will only get worst. The US is fast becoming a Slave State and we the people on the outside are allowing it.
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