An Unusual Coalition Opposes Sky-High Incarceration Rates

Mar 17, 2014

Many lawmakers around the nation have adopted the “get tough on crime” slogan in the last 25 years. But Louisiana took it to heart, perhaps more so than anywhere else.

Without question, Louisiana leads the country in the percentage of its residents imprisoned. The rate is twice as high as the national average. In fact, the state’s figures are close to the worst in the world, inviting comparisons to countries like North Korea.

An unusual new coalition composed of leftist groups, prominent business leaders, a right-wing think tank and the American Civil Liberties Union is trying to end this distinction.

Political reporter Tyler Bridges of The Lens talks with host Jack Hopke about how members of the coalition have put aside their differences to work together to reduce the state’s incarceration rates.

Visit The Lens to read more of Tyler Bridges' reporting on the coalition between right and left.