Cindy Chang of The Times-Picayune hit the ball out of the park yesterday with her insightful and extensive report about the machinations and the inner-workings of the Louisiana prison system. Her report, titled “Louisiana is the world’s prison capital,” should be required reading for anyone and everyone who cares about the Gret Stet; it’s transcendental, award-winning journalism. But more importantly, it’s also a devastating indictment of a system that intransigently incentivizes widespread incarceration, the prison as profit center.
The numbers don’t lie: Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world. We lock up more of our citizens, per capita, than countries subjected to the rule of brutal dictators or totalitarian regimes– more than Iran, more than China, more than Saudi Arabia, more than Mississippi.