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State Prison Population Dropped 2 Percent Last Year; Still Highest In Nation

Louisiana still has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S., a number well ahead of Mississippi, the state that comes in second.

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More Inmates Released With No Supervision

The report says Florida, Maine and Massachusetts are three states where more than 40 percent of released inmates didn't get supervision in 2012.

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Lawmakers Slam Jindal Budget Plan For Louisiana Prisons

Members of the House Appropriations Committee said Monday they don't like Jindal's plan to use $6 million in hurricane recovery money from FEMA to pay for retirement benefits.

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Are Federal Prisoners Taking Jobs From Law-Abiding Citizens?

There are currently thousands of inmates employed, at extremely low wages, in federal prisons all across the country manufacturing a myriad of products to be sold strictly to government agencies. Yet, while some argue that paying convicted felons to work in these factories is a good way of teaching them skills that can be used in civil society, others say that it takes jobs away from upstanding citizens at a time of economic difficulty.

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Louisiana Is The Least Peaceful State

The news from the Institute for Economics and Peace is not great.

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Louisiana To Make Prisons More Energy Efficient

State officials plan to use federal economic stimulus funds to make nine prisons more energy efficient.

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Acadiana Live Features State Representative Joel Robideaux

On today's edition of Acadiana Live, State Representative Joel Robideaux talked to hosts Bernadette Lee and Ken Romero about Civil Service, candidates changing parties and that state's budget woes.

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