When Louisiana’s prisons are closed: What happens next
As Louisiana’s prison population grows and the state struggles with the devastating aftermath of the flooding, the prison system is facing a potential future where it’s just not going to work anymore.
That’s according to the Louisiana Correctional Association, which released a report on Wednesday that paints a bleak picture of the future of the state’s aging prisons.
The report, which was conducted by the LCA’s Louisiana Chapter, notes that nearly half of the nation’s prison systems are now in the process of closing, and nearly half will likely fail in the next few years.
In Louisiana, the state is already the only state in the country to have a total of more than 600,000 inmates serving life sentences without parole.
The group predicts the number of inmates incarcerated for non-violent crimes will reach a staggering 5 million by 2025, and more than half of those inmates will be serving life without parole, a condition that can only be reversed if lawmakers and governors change the state constitution.
“The future is bleak for Louisiana,” the report reads.
“We will see more of the same in Louisiana, where the prison population is growing exponentially.”
The LCA is not alone in this dire forecast.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that a separate report from the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, predicted that Louisiana will reach the point where its prison population will exceed 5 million inmates by 2025.
The Brookings report, titled The Next Prison Revolution: A New Era of Corrections, projected that Louisiana would need to shut down more than 2,600 prisons to maintain a level of prison capacity that will allow it to sustain its current population.
In the report, the authors of the Louisiana model note that the state has been able to keep prisons on a steady trajectory for decades, but the situation is rapidly changing.
They write:”The aging of Louisiana’s population is causing it to become increasingly difficult to maintain its prison populations.
And as these populations grow, the need for new prisons will increase and demand for existing prisons will grow.
Louisiana’s prison system now has an aging prison population, and this is expected to continue to worsen.
The state’s prisons will be in a situation where they cannot function in the way they once did.”
According to the Brookings report , Louisiana is already among the most over-reliant on the federal prison system.
The number of people incarcerated there has risen from about 400,000 in the 1980s to more than 4.5 million today, and the number is projected to climb even higher.
While Louisiana’s state prison population has been growing rapidly in recent years, its population is expected increase from 568,000 to nearly 675,000 by 2025 if the state does not enact legislation to make its prison system work.
Louisiana is one of only a few states that do not have a mandatory minimum sentence for noncriminal offenses, meaning it can sentence someone to a sentence of up to two years behind bars.
But in some cases, a person who has been convicted of a nonviolent crime may be allowed to serve a shorter term in exchange for helping out in prison, according to a report by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
While the state legislature has passed legislation to change the way Louisiana’s prisoners are sentenced, the law still needs to be signed into law by Gov.
John Bel Edwards, who will likely have to take a wait-and-see approach to the matter.