Murders per 100,000: 11.2 (the most)
Incarceration rate per 100,000: 867 (the most)
Police per 100,000: 542.8 (the most)
Basic access: 79.2 (5th lowest)
Total cost of violence: $9.82 billion
Of the five metrics used to generate the Peace Index, Louisiana received the absolute worst score in all but two of them.
The state has the eighth-worst violent crime rate and the fourth-worst rate of gun suicides.
The state has the highest levels of both police per capita incarceration.
The state’s 867 prisoners per 100,000 people is well more than the next-worst state, Mississippi, which has 686 prisoners per 100,000.
The state’s murder rate is what truly sets it apart as the least peaceful in the country.
Louisiana’s homicide rate in 2010 was 11.2 per 100,000 residents.
The next-worst state, Maryland, had 7.4 murders per 100,000 people.
Louisiana was also among the worst 10 states for each of the 10 categories shown to have a high level of correlation with violence.
...and our noble politicians are taking action by privatizing and slashing funding to education. That should keep our privatized prisons in business for quite a while. ~DBE