Louisiana no longer leads the nation for its incarceration
rate. Governor John Bel Edwards says
that unwanted distinction goes to Oklahoma. “It’s not a gigantic leap, it is a very favorable movement because
for the first time in decades, we can say that we don’t have the highest incarceration
rate,” Edwards said.
According to the latest data made public by the Advocate
Newspaper, Oklahoma incarcerates 719 people per 100-thousand residents, while
Louisiana is at 712 inmates per 100-thousand citizens.
When running for office,
Edwards promised to reduce the state’s prison population and last year the
legislature approved 10 criminal justice reform bills to jump-start the
“So, we know we’re moving in a better direction,” Edwards said.