Land Of The Inmate?
and Federal prisoners. Evidence suggests that government largess—and the
profiteers who run the privatized American prisons where 128,195 U.S. inmates
reside—may have as much to do with incarceration as crime does.
One out of 86 adult Louisiana residents live behind bars— that is three times more people than are jailed in Iran and seven times as many as China, the paper reports.
Throughout the series, reporters describe Louisiana prisoners as “vehicles for profit” and explain that powerful prison lobbies have blocked reforms to the State’s multi-million dollar prison industry. While Louisiana may have the most prisoners, it certainly isn’t the only place in the Nation where incarceration is big business.
ProPublica breaks down the numbers in a recent report:
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