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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. 

Lesson 101: The Criminal Justice Experiences of Transgender People

National Geographic’s 2016 “Gender Revolution” edition generated both applause and controversy but illustrated perfectly how the conversation around gender has gotten increasingly more complex over the last decade. From the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black to former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, visibility for transgender men and women has struck curiosity in the minds of millions and is raising big questions for policy makers and practitioners alike. Criminal justice institutions in particular are being challenged to rethink their design so as to offer better accommodation and find ways to reduce bias. Transgender Issues: A Beginning Coming to identify as trans can manifest as a personal

The Department of Justice Changes its Tune

Under the helm of Jeff Sessions, the DOJ recently changed its position to now opposes a state’s right to decriminalize marijuana use. The change reflects a reaffirmation of the Federal government’s authority in labeling marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic. The reversal is sure to have a major impact on recent inroads in the cause for legalization. It comes in direct contradiction of promises made by then Senator Sessions to defer cannabis policies to the states and leave existing legal architecture unfettered by federal officials. Only a few days since this announcement and the windfall has been swift, garnering criticism from both sides of the aisle, with Cody Gardner (R) of Colorado threate

A New Year: What 2018 Means

With the stroke of midnight on December 31st we now enter a new year, one filled with a renewed sense of vision and the reality of challenges that will inevitably face us. We are looking to the future positively, and we believe there is good cause to be optimistic in 2018. As an advocate for reform, the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana (JAC) sees changes in both Baton Rouge and Washington D.C. as proof that our work and the work of other criminal justice focused non-profits is playing a vital role in the decriminalization and de-institutionalization of people, their families, and the communities they live in. 2017 was a big year in promoting a more just and equal vision across

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