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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. 

Opioid Addiction: The Public Health Crisis of the Decade

Utter devastation. That’s how people in communities ravaged by the ongoing opioid epidemic characterize the proliferation of narcotics. In rural farming communities and inner-city neighborhoods, opioids have wriggled their way into the lives of thousands, breaking up families and ending lives. At the juncture, the epidemic’s toll is not entirely known. More than 33,000 died from opioid-related deaths last year and current estimates put the total number of opioid-dependent at more than 2.4 million. Federal reports put the economic impact – as a product of lost wages and reduced productivity – at more than 500 billion dollars, representing 2.8% of the total national GDP[1]. Solutions are despe

Debating Video Game Violence

OPENING STATEMENT Since my time began with JAC, I have attempted to cover big topics in criminal justice – painting with broad strokes and covering large quantities of ideological ground. Most of these topics have been couched in criminal justice reform, opinions on on-going policy, or issues pertinent to JAC’s topical focus of re-entry and the post-incarceration phase. For the next couple weeks, I’d like to depart from this tradition and cover some new material; material that is both provocative and highly contested in the public sphere. I’m going to be exploring criminal justice topics, casting a wide net on the functions and mechanisms that drive institutional response to crime. I also wa

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