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AFTER 10.3 PERCENT INCREASE, LOUISIANA’S PRETRIAL INCARCERATION RATE IS NOW THREE TIMES THE NATIONAL

NEW ORLEANS – A sweeping new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today shows that after a 10.3 percent increase, Louisiana’s pretrial incarceration rate is now three times the national average and the highest of any state on record since 1970. The study, based on an analysis of thousands of jail records, found that 57 percent of people in jail had been arrested for non-violent offenses and that pretrial incarceration costs Louisiana taxpayers nearly $290 million per year. On average, the people represented in the study had been held behind bars for 5 and a half months – without trial or conviction.




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