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As part of a newly developed article series from the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana (JAC), the following covers topical issues within criminal justice policy. As JAC seeks to develop reform-oriented programming, of which delivers both cost effective and socially just solutions, the forthcoming series will explore trends and policy positions as well as offer commentary on developments in both Baton Rouge and Washington D.C. 

Mass Incarceration

Article Series: Mass Incarceration Recently, on a conference trip to Philadelphia, I was struck by one thing that was inescapable. No, it wasn’t the smells of a chopped steak being used for the city’s signature sandwich or the incessant sounds of city traffic and red lights. Rather, it was the phrase “free Meek Mill.” The phrase was everywhere: on the sides of busses, park benches, advertisement spaces, and across electronic scrolls. Hashtagged as “#freemeekmill,” I was immediately curious what this seemingly public ad campaign meant. Other than name recognition, I wasn’t aware of the pop culture news related to Mr. Mill or why this had become a major issue in the forum of local Philadelphia

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