The Need

The Need

Through our extensive research, the state of Louisiana ranks as one of the highest incarceration rates in the United States [1]. Research includes there are minimal transitional programs available to those previously incarcerated; there are 11 to name via thorough research [2]. However, in 2013, the National Institute of Corrections reported 847/100,000 adults in Louisiana were detained after being released. In 2017 according to, the National Institute of Correction Louisiana total inmates 33,782 with 31,782 male inmates and 1,957 female inmates [3]. When looking at the statistics, there are numerous support groups for men transitioning into the community compared to support groups for women. Comparing the numbers allows us to understand why there have not been established support systems for women and women with children. In 2017 Senator John Bel Edward (D) signed a bill in effort to help Louisiana criminal justice reform and the industry is still progressing but still ultimately need support from the community and nonprofits like PMI.

  1. https://nicic.gov/state-statistics/2017/louisiana
  2. https://www.shelterlistings.org/state/louisiana.html
  3. https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/p17.pdf

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