Corrections secretary: ‘Our backs are against the wall’

By D.B. Narveson

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s local prisons are crowded, the state’s parole officers carry a 40 percent higher caseload than their counterparts and the state has the highest incarceration rate in the world. But the Department of Corrections says it survived $125 million in cuts this year and has the lowest cost per diem per offender in the South.

“I feel like our backs are a little bit against the wall,” Secretary of the Department of Corrections Jimmy LeBlanc told the Senate Judiciary C Committee meeting

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