New Orleans, Louisiana
Why New Orleans
- Louisiana has an incarceration rate of 1,052 per 100,000 people (including prisons, jails, immigration detention, and juvenile justice facilities), meaning that it locks up a higher percentage of its people than many wealthy democracies do.
- Each year, at least 86,000 different people are booked into local jails in Louisiana.
- Juvenile felony arrests in New Orleans have more than doubled in three years, from 300 in 2016 to 735 in 2018. The spike in juveniles arrested in violent crimes comes amid an overall increase in youngsters arrested in all crimes, from 786 total arrests in 2016 to 1,232 arrests in 2018.
- Juvenile violent crimes prosecuted by the DA's office – shootings, armed robberies and sexual assaults – jumped nearly 10-fold since 2015, spiking from 37 cases in 2015 to 339 in 2018.
- In Louisiana, suspects 17 and older are prosecuted in adult court. Juveniles as young as 14 can be tried as adults for the most violent crimes, such as rape and murder; those as young as 15 can be tried as adults for other serious offenses such as armed robbery.
- Since 1980, the number of women in Louisiana jails has increased 746%, and the number of women in prison has increased 546%.
- The number of women in Louisiana’s jails has increased more than 17-fold, from 165 in 1970 to 2,861 in 2015.
- The number of women in Louisiana’s prisons has increased more than ninefold, from 208 in 1978 to 1,957 in 2017.
- More than 1,000 people in Louisiana died by gun violence in 2019, an average of more than two people every day. Suicides were 44% of the gun deaths and homicides were 54%.
- In Louisiana, young Black males are disproportionately impacted by firearm homicide. Black males aged 15-34 have a firearm homicide rate 17 times higher than White males of the same age group.
- Louisiana has the 6th highest gun death in the country in 2019.
Violence Against Women
- Louisiana's rate of women murdered by men remains 77% higher than the national average, at 2.26 homicides per 100,000 females.
- In Louisiana, the stats show a deadly trend associated with domestic violence in some instances. The rate of Louisiana women who have been murdered by men has increased for the sixth consecutive year.
Impact on Children
- There are an estimated 5.1 million, or 1 in 14, children in the United States who at one point in their lives have had to cope with having a parent in jail. In Louisiana, their numbers top 94,000, about 8 percent of the state's youth population. And that is a conservative estimate as it doesn't include children whose parents are imprisoned but didn't live with them prior to their incarceration.
- 150,000 children in Louisiana have a parent in jail, prison or on probatio