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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. 


Anyone not living under a rock over the past few years can quickly sense the so-called “national divide” that popular media reminds us daily of. The chasm that has grown since the start of the new millennium is characterized by the sharp political, social, and cultural distinctions that have always defined our rural and urban spaces. These differences manifest themselves in many ways, legislative deadlock included. Our inability to cooperate with one another, empathize with each other’s problems, and commit to seeing life through another’s eyes, has made even the smallest disagreements colossal issues with no clear remedy in sight. This phase – I think of as the post-9/11 malaise – is by no

Living with Stigma: HIV Among Incarcerated People

This week we explore the intersection between the prison system, the needs of the incarcerated, and he collective health of the communities we live and work in. The concept of public health focuses largely on the prevention of disease and the cultivation of healthy behaviors. Public health is research-oriented and data-driven, working to save money through best practices and improve the quality of life[1]. Public health also functions at the community-level, meriting work that advances healthy living outcomes for people in all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status. It is also a catchall that accounts for environmental and social factors in the spreading of diseases

Exploring Women's Re-Entry Issues

Last month we celebrated women all around the world, reflecting on the many revolutionary contributions they’ve made. It is also critical that we explore the unique social, cultural, and personal issues that impact women. Because the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana has committed itself to raising visibility on criminal justice topics, we pivot this week’s discussion onto re-entry and the specific concerns that community re-entry can have on women as well as the uncertainty of such transitions. According to data from 2015, the rate of incarceration in the developed world was highest in the United States with 707 persons per 100,000 with 63.5 of those being women. This rate was

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