If Louisiana was its own country, it would have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
There is evidence that many prisoners were abandoned in their cells during Hurricane Katrina, while the guards sought shelter. Hundreds of prisoners were later registered as “unaccounted for.”
A surprise inspection of a men’s prison in Acapulco unearthed 100 plasma TVs, 2 sacks of marijuana, 2 peacocks, 100 cockerels… and 25 women.
It costs $44,563 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year in California—nearly the same price as a year at Harvard University with room and board.