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The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its adult population than any other nation. Presently, more than one in 100 Americans over the age of 18 are imprisoned. In Louisiana, the figure is one in 86.
People living in Bayou Corne received the news they never wanted to hear. It could be several years before they can go back home scientists explained at a community meeting. Tuesday there are still a lot of questions.
People living in Bayou Corne brought their fight for justice to Baton Rouge. They've struggled for almost a year since a massive sinkhole formed near their homes. The message for the world was clear: help.
One woman in Bayou Corne is fighting to keep her community's culture alive. She is doing it by using material from the bayou to make pieces of artwork, but a massive sinkhole might mean she could have to change her entire business.
The Brown family has spent the last few weeks hoping for a miracle.
"I don't know what they're reason could have been but we all hoped, and prayed and worked for a better outcome," explained Ursula Brown.