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Louisiana is the World's Prison Capital

May 13, 2012

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.

People With Felony Records in Louisiana Face The Most Employment Barriers

February 23, 2016

People released from prisons and jails in Louisiana face far more obstacles in finding a job than anywhere else in the United States, according to a new reportreleased Tuesday (Feb. 23). Louisiana has 389 restrictions on employment for felons; the national average is 123.

Louisiana gives former inmates little chance to start over: Cedric Richmond

February 28, 2016

Evidence suggests that we have moved past the point where increases in incarceration provide any additional public safety benefits. In fact, further prison growth will actually make us less safe. As we do the difficult work of undoing the unintended harm of the mass incarceration, we must fully examine the impacts felt by individuals, families and communities. Removing barriers to employment and allowing formerly incarcerated people to fully reenter society as productive citizens must remain a top priority.

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