“For every century there is a crisis in our democracy, the response to which defines how future generations view those who were alive at the time. In the 18th century it was the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in the 19th century it was slavery, in the 20th century it was Jim Crow. Today it is mass incarceration,” Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP.
- Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world. In state prisons, African Americans outnumber white inmates by almost 5 to 1.
- Only 41% of Louisiana’s inmates are serving time for commission of a violent crime.
- Mass incarceration marginalizes large segments of the African-American community, and authorizes multifaceted discrimination.