Jeff Sadow

What’s good for Bossier Parish also may apply to Webster Parish in holding prisoners, which may mean bad news for Louisiana’s inmate policy.

Uniquely among states, Louisiana houses a large proportion of its state inmates in local facilities. In recent years, typically half of state convicts at any given time serve time in any of dozens of local jails: some run by sheriffs, others by other entities including the private sector.

The state pays $24.39 daily for each inmate. While this hasn’t changed for many years, a number of providers must think it adequate because they keep significant amounts of state prisoners,

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