Louisiana is the 25th most populated state located in South Central United States spanning over a region of 135000 sq km, and is the 31st largest state in this country.
It is divided into 64 parishes, each of which have an elected government known as the Police Jury, dating from the colonial days.
Police jury acts as the legislative and executive government, and is elected by local residents. Its members are called Jurors, and together they elect a president as their chairman.
Louisiana’s statewide police force is called “Louisiana State Police”and is primarily works as traffic enforcement agency. Felony and prisoners are being handled by elected sheriff in each individual Parish. Along with acting as official tax collectors, they are also the primary criminal patrol and first responder in matters of criminal and civil cases.
Louisiana has a bad reputation in crime rates (about double the national average) and also tops the charts in official corruption rates.
Some call it the prison capital of world. It has incarceration rate of about 1000 per 1000000 persons. It is roughly estimated that about 50000 prisoners are behind bars in this state. To cater to this large population, there are about 292 jails including county jails, police department jail, federal and state prison, plus around 18 private for-profit jails.
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