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Prison for Profit

$182 million

Value of Louisiana’s for-profit prison industry

1

Rank of Louisiana in prisoners per person in the United States

1,619

Prisoners per 100,000 residents in Louisiana

730

Prisoners per 100,000 residents nationwide

122

Prisoners per 100,000 residents in China

24

Years, the sentence that a two-time car burglar can get in Louisiana

6,731

Louisiana’s prison population in 1977

39,709

Louisiana’s prison population today

$23,000

Average annual cost of incarcerating an inmate in Louisiana

Sources: New Orleans Times Picayune