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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. 

Reforming the Cash Bail System

It’s 5pm and after a long workday, you decide to go downtown and meet some friends for a drink. You work long hours in a stressful environment and you have no real family network, so you need this time to decompress and find social refuge. On your way, you blow through a red light while going over the speed limit. After a few minutes you notice the flickering of blue and red police car lights. You’re pulled over and approached by an officer who not only informs you of running a light while over the speed limit, but that your car matches a report that came in detailing suspects involved in an open-area drug deal. You are questioned and later handcuffed because the officer claims he has probab

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