Prison Overcrowding: Louisiana

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Louisiana’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2008-2009

 DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $713,632,695
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $21,838

 DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 6,832
  • Correctional facilities: 13
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 38,855
  • Escaped: 1
  • Average age: 34.8 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.


  • Facilities: 20
  • Population: 63,000
  • Number of arrests for violation of supervision: 5,424
  • Average number of offenders per officer: 115
  • Recidivism percent return: 17.1%

Overcrowding Quick Facts

As of 2007, the crime rate in Louisiana was about 22% higher than the national average rate.

  • In addition, as of 2007, Louisiana had a rate 48% higher than the national average of incarcerated adults per 100,000: 865 incarcerated per 100,000 adults (LA), compared to 447 incarcerated per 100,000 adults (National Average).

Points of Contact

Mailing Address:
504 Mayflower Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Complete list of contact information by facility and Organization of Executive Staff, Correctional facilities, view here.

Helpful Links

Louisiana Department of Corrections

See also:

Maryland Prison Overcrowding