Louisiana profile

Change over time

graph showing the number of people in state prison and local jails per 100,000 residents in Louisiana from 1978 to 2015

More than half of the people held in jails in Louisiana are held for federal or state agencies, primarily the state prison system. To avoid counting them twice, this population is not included in the yellow jails line. For annual counts of people in jails held for federal or state authorizes in Louisiana, see our table "Jail and prison incarcerated populations by state over time."

Also see these Louisiana graphs:

Racial disparities

2010 graph showing incarceration rates per 100,000 people of various racial and ethnic groups in Louisiana

racial and ethnic disparities between the prison/jail and general population in LA as of 2010

See also our detailed graphs about Whites and Blacks in Louisiana prisons and jails.

The big picture

Pie chart showing that 45,000 Louisiana residents are locked up in federal prisons, state prisons, local jails and other types of facilities

Pie chart showing that 113,000 Louisiana residents are in various types of correctional facilities or under criminal justice supervision on probation or parole

Graph showing the number of people in Louisiana jails who were convicted and the number who were unconvicted, for the years 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1999, 2005, and 2013.

This graph excludes people held for state or federal authorities from the total count of people held in Louisiana jails. Because a majority (66%) of the population in Louisiana jails is held for the state prison system, this graph likely overstates the convicted population and understates the pre-trial population.

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