The Parish Prison

Louisiana Democrats and Republicans team up to reform deplorable jail conditions by building a new facility closer to New Orleans.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 1, 2020
12:37 minutes
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Series and Special Projects
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Joanne Elgart Jennings

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The Film

Louisiana is the only state in the nation which houses more than half its prisoners in local jails. Most of these jails are in remote, impoverished areas of the state, far from urban centers, and conditions are often deplorable. The head of corrections in the state has called these jails nothing more than “lock and feed facilities.”