If Louisiana’s incarceration rate were the same as Oklahoma’s (the second highest in the U.S.), Louisiana taxpayers would have saved nearly $49 million in 2014.
Louisiana is sending – and keeping – too many nonviolent offenders behind bars: 40% of the prison population comprises individuals sentenced for drug or property crimes.
of Louisiana’s prisoners are diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder. While the prison population has skyrocketed, our mental health and psychiatric facilities have seen a sharp reduction in the number of patients treated.
86% of people sent to prison in Louisiana have a nonviolent primary offense, and the top 10 most common crimes for prison admission are all nonviolent.