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Louisiana's Prison Population Drops 2.2%

Louisiana's Prison Population Drops 2.2%

Louisiana's prison population dropped by 2.2% last year, but the state still has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the country.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 39,298 persons were imprisoned in the state at the end of 2013, nearly 900 less than a year earlier.

1,114 persons are incarcerated for every 100,000 adult residents in Louisiana.  Mississippi has the second-highest incarceration rate with 918 prisoners per 100,000 adults.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that the head of the state's Department of Corrections and Public Safety, Jimmy LeBlanc attributed the population decline in part to improved re-entry programs and enhanced services to prisoners who are out on supervised release.



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