A co-worker’s son spent last Friday night in jail here in New Orleans. Of course, people have to deal with our dysfunctional system all the time, and their voices are usually not heard, or they are ignored. But it just so happens that my co-worker is a writer and a blogger, so you can read […]Read More → A Night in Jail
The meme seems to go something like this: In our state, officials use third-grade reading levels to project the number of prison beds that will be needed in ten years. Do a Google search on prison-beds third-grade or prison-cells third-grade and you’ll get a couple hundred results. Xy wanted me to find an authoritative reference […]Read More → Prison Beds and Reading Levels
We’ve been holding enemy combatants… for 230 years in various facilities. There is nothing punitive about it. This is not a legal proceeding. There is no need to bring charges. They’re being held because they were identified on the battlefield as threats to our forces. — Former U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr to Senate […]Read More → Question
I heard a statistic on the radio this morning that got my attention: If Louisiana were a country, it would have the highest incarceration rate in the world. Could this be true, I wondered? A little web searching revealed many citations of Texas, our neighbor to the west, as having the highest incarceration rate. For […]Read More → Louisiana is Number One!