BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana is among 44 states that saw decreases in their youth incarceration rates between 1997 and 2010. That's according to a report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The reports say Louisiana's 56 percent reduction in its youth incarceration rate was one of the most dramatic improvements in the country.
Only Tennessee, Connecticut and Arizona experienced larger declines during the time period.
Teresa Falgoust, Kids Count Coordinator in Louisiana, told The Advocate the reason for the decline is the state's continued efforts over the past decade to better screen youthful offenders.