The Context

Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the world. The state of Louisiana incarcerates more people per capita than any other state in the U.S., a country that incarcerates more of its citizens, per capita, than any in the world. In 2005, on the eve of Hurricane Katrina, the local incarceration rate was more than five times the national average and there were 6,300 people inside Orleans Parish Prison. For the last 10 years, New Orleans has incarcerated more of its own than any other city in the country. It is within this context that OPPRC was formed.