Wisconsin Prisons Incarcerate Most Black Men In U.S.
Louisiana is the world's prison capital
"...Nearly three percent of all black men in the United States are behind bars, compared to 0.5 percent of all white men in the country..."
Why Prison Funds Louisiana?
"It's kind of a vicious cycle," she says. "If you can reduce the prison population, then hopefully you'll have more money to give the ones who are in the system more help. [But] the Sheriff's Association is one of the most powerful lobbies in the state. And they've consistently opposed any change that would reduce the prison population."
Louisiana's prison sentences are among the harshest in the country. The state leads the country in the percentage of inmates who are serving life without parole and exceeds the national average for the number of nonviolent offenders behind bars. Chang writes that a two-time car burglar can receive 24 years without parole. Three drug convictions can send a prisoner away for life.
Though the state's prison budget is $600 million, comparisons with other states are difficult, she says."
"Twenty-five dollars a day is incarceration on the cheap," she says. "In Louisiana state prisons they spend, on average, $55 an inmate, so the average in Louisiana comes out to $38 per day, per inmate, which is the lowest in the country. So if you look at the size of the budget, it's very misleading, because we're incarcerating two people to every one person in another state because we spend so little on them."
AFRICAN AMERICANS FUND LOUISIANA
ESEENCE FESTIVAL EXECS signed a 5 year contract last year to STAY in Louisiana.
Why settle as black families cry foul about black male incarceration?
Why not NEGOTIATE 4 YEARS IN ADVANCE and force the elected officials and economic stakeholders in Louisiana to fix what is driving incarceration rates that are HIGHEST on this PLANET?
So. We must LEARN.
WE FUND TOO MANY VICES OURSELVES AS AN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.
It appears that WE hold the TRUE "PURSE STRINGS" on the resources required for a "soulution" in reducing the #s of incarcerated AFRICAN AMERICANS.
Where should 550,000 people spending $231,000,000 invest in 2019?
OUR SPENDING IS FUELING THE ENGINE TO INCARCERATE.
WHY NOT REINVEST IT INTO SOMETHING THAT ELEVATES AND EDUCATES OUR YOUTH???
How can we help more folks CONNECT the dots and STOP GIVING LOUISIANA POLITICIANS FUNDS TO DO WHAT THEY DO TO OUR MEN??????
AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES NEED TO READ CONTRACTS AND CHOOSE WAYS TO FREE THEMSELVES FROM IGNORANCE.
We need to STOP AND THINK about what we are economically elevating!
Every line in a contract should be READ AND EXPLAINED before signing.
BUT WAIT. Why sign a contract with LOUISIANA???
WHO IS NEGOTIATING THESE CONTRACTS TO PERFORM IN LOUISIANA????
Why DO we tolerate LOUISIANA RACISM????
NO AFRICAN AMERICAN WHO CLAIMS TO CARE ABOUT INCARCERATION RATES BEING HIGH should step foot in LOUISIANA...PERIOD.
Why DOES the Essence Festival owners financially support the highest incarceration rates in the world for African Americans???
Over 60% of the prisoners are reported to be African American?
Why NOT rotate to more jail friendly cities???
Why NOT audit to showcase exactly how and where the funds have been reinvested in LOUISIANA to decrease the problems and create sustainable and long term "soulutions"?
DO THE FUNDS GO TOWARDS FESTIVALS LIKE THIS STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST?