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Incarceration levels high in Louisiana

There are many fears a person may have when they are accused of DUI, a drug offense or some other crime here in Louisiana. Among these is that they may be afraid that their case will result in them being sent to prison.

Criminal charges vary considerably from one another in the possible prison sentencing ranges connected to them. Also, there are a wide variety of things in a criminal case that can impact what avenues a person accused of criminal activity has for trying to protect their freedom and other interests. Skilled criminal defense attorneys can advise individuals facing criminal charges on what issues regarding possible prison sentences are present in their case and give them guidance on addressing and responding to these issues.

Statistics indicate that, in recent times, incarceration levels have been rather high in Louisiana as compared to the rest of the United States.

For example, In 2014, the incarceration rate in Louisiana was 816 individuals in prison for every 100,000 people in the state. This was the highest incarceration rate of any state that year by a pretty wide margin.

Why do you think Louisiana has seen such high incarceration levels in recent times?

How common incarceration is in a state can have wide-ranging impacts, having the potential to greatly impact individuals convicted of crimes, their families, communities and state taxpayers. So, relatively high incarceration rates, like those Louisiana has recently seen, can raise a range of different concerns.

This serves as a reminder that what incarceration policies and practices a state has matters greatly. What would you like to see happen here in Louisiana in upcoming years when it comes to incarceration policies/practices?

Source: The Huffington Post, “Louisiana Number One in Incarceration,” Bill Quigley, May 10, 2016

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