As a percentage, the United States incarcerates more of its population than any other country in the world.

More than Russia, more than China, more than Iran.

Within the country, Louisiana consistently ranks among the top three states for per capita incarceration rates, year after year.

Access to education for prisoners varies greatly due to the lack of clear legal mandates requiring basic access to educational programs, books, or library services.

With that in mind, Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners dedicates itself to providing free educational and reading materials to prisoners in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Our program mails out more than 4,500 books a year.

We hope to do even more in the future, and your donations and support are vital to our reaching that goal.

Facts about the U.S. prison system:

  • 1 out of every 108 adults in the United States is incarcerated in a prison or jail.
  • 1 out of every 50 adults in the United States is on probation or parole.
  • This means that 1 out of every 35 adults, or 6.9 million people, are under some form of correctional supervision.
  • Only 17% of prisoners have received some level of college education.
  • This is in stark contrast to the general population, 56% of whom have received some level of college education.
  • State and federal expenditures on prisons exceed 58.5 billion dollars every year. Education accounts for a fraction of these dollars, yet budget shortfalls have resulted in a steady reduction or elimination of prison academic and vocational programs.
Sources:
Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2012. “Correctional Populations in the United States, 2012.”
Crayton and Neusteter. 2008. “The Current State of Correctional Education.”
U.S. Census Bureau. 2012. “Mean Earnings by Highest Degree Earned: 2009.”
NASBO. 2013. “State Spending for Corrections: Long-Term Trends and Recent Criminal Justice Policy Reforms.”
Department of Justice. 2011. “Federal Prison System (BOP) FY 2011 Budget Request at a Glance.”
International Centre for Prison Studies. 2013. “World Prison Population List 10th Edition.”
Department of Justice. 2012. “Prisoners in 2012 – Advance Counts.”
Department of Justice. 2012. “Correctional Populations in the United States, 2012.”