Louisiana is the prison capital of the world, argues Cindy Chang of the Times-Picayune. The state imprisons 1,619 people per 100,000 — more than any nation in the world including the U.S. (730), Russia (525), Iran (333) and China (122). The impetus for Louisiana's imprisonment efficiency is the state's million private-prison industry, which houses the majority of the state's inmates and depends on a steady flow of inmates to maintain profits. Those profits, in turn, are used to finance the budgets of Louisiana law enforcement in the form of new squad cars, guns and laptops.
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