January 11, 2013 ~ Prisons for Profit | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBSPosted: January 16, 2013
LUCKY SEVERSON, correspondent: In the United States there are more than two million citizens locked up behind razor wire and prison bars.
MARK MAUER: We lock up our citizens at far greater rates than any other industrialized nation or any other kind of nation in the world.SEVERSON: Mark Mauer is the executive director of The Sentencing Project. He says that when it comes to lock ups, Louisiana is easily the toughest state in the nation.
MAUER: Louisiana has been at the top of the pack and just incarcerating people at rates that are just unimaginable any place else in the world.
SEVERSON: Richard Crane is the former chief counsel to the Louisiana Corrections Department. He says there was a push nationwide in the early 1980s to crack down on crime, and Louisiana took it seriously.