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Louisiana sentences more juveniles to ‘life in prison’ than any other state in U.S.

By Mason Harrison
Contributing Writer

Louisiana incarcerates more of its natives than any state in the country—that fact is known. But what many on the outskirts of the criminal justice system may not know is how the state handles juvenile offenders. “No state is a worse offender than Louisiana,” said Josh Perry, executive director of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, referring to the number of juveniles sentenced to life in prison in the state. Louisiana sends more juveniles to spend the rest of their lives jailed than any state in America.

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