Christopher Ingraham

October 25, 2018

ICE and economic development in rural Louisiana

Tucked away near the sleepy town of Jena in central Louisiana is a former juvenile prison that now serves as a privately operated detention center, where 1,200 immigrants spend their days under lock and key while waiting to find out if they can stay in the United States or face deportation.

Number of the Day

634,000  - The number of adults in Louisiana who have a mental illness, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the state.  (Source: Mental Health America via Nola.com/The Times Picayune)
December 18, 2017

Perverse incentive

The Industrial Tax Exemption Program doles out about $1 billion each year in property tax breaks to corporations.

Number of the Day

$13.7 billion - Lost tax revenue from the Industrial Tax Exemption Program from 2006 - 2016 (Source: Louisiana Tax Commission via The Advocate)
October 3, 2017

Mass murder and American exceptionalism

The killing of 59 innocent people in Las Vegas late Sunday has predictably reignited the uniquely American debate over firearms regulation.

Number of the Day

73,000 - Number of Louisianans suffering from hepatitis C, placing Louisiana among the 10 most affected states in the nation. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health)