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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. 

Hanging in the Balance: Florida’s 1.5 Million Felons and Voting Rights

Back in February, a Federal judge ruled that the system that bans felon from voting in Florida was unconstitutional[1]. This announcement came just weeks after a group named Floridians for a Fair Democracy met the required number of signatures to include a re-enfranchisement provision on the upcoming 2018 ballot. The Second Chance” initiative – promising to restore voting rights – garnered the nearly 760,000 signatures needed. With Florida accounting for 27% of all nationally disenfranchised (equal to 1.5 million individuals being ineligible to vote), both the ruling and the ballot initiative were celebrated among supporters of holistic reintegration and post-sentence transitions. Come Fall,

A Carceral Dilemma: Budget Cuts and the Complex Ethics of Private Prisons

Since the start of the year, Louisiana’s legislature has been locked in a standstill over budget cuts and potential changes to the state tax system. As has been in the past during times of budgetary uncertainty, the topic of privatizing prisons has come up. Specifically, the privatization of state prison facilities has been argued as a potential avenue in cutting overhead. This week’s discussion explores private prisons and what its precarious origins mean for a government looking to repair its reputation as the “world’s most incarcerated place.” It is not hyperbole to say that American culture is deeply seeded with an addiction to retribution, with its operating mantra borne from the “eye f

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