Airs Sunday, June 4, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Louisiana is the prison capital of the world. Its incarceration rate is nearly double the rest of the country. And while Louisiana imprisons violent offenders at a rate comparable to other southern states, nonviolent offenders are imprisoned at a much higher rate.
A package of bills being proposed this legislative session attacks the mass incarceration problem from a number of angles. Should alternatives to prison be used for criminals charged with nonviolent offenses?