According to the Southern Education Foundation, Louisiana, which has one of the highest incarceration rates, spent $16,000 per prisoner on education in 2008.  Yet only 8 percent of the state’s juvenile inmates earned any high school credits while in prison.

That said, Louisiana was not far below the average for the percentage of incarcerated youth who earn a high school diploma: 5 percent, the same as Florida, California, and Minnesota. The national and Southern average is 8 percent.

Academic outcomes of incarcerated youth, 2011
Percentage who earned high school credits
Louisiana 8%
South 36%
U.S. 46%
Percentage who earned a high school diploma or equivalent
Louisiana 5%
South 8%
U.S. 8%


About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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