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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. 

A Researcher’s Lament: Fighting for What Works

Consider this: (1) a physician who consults the most recent edition of a medical journal for “best practices” in surgery and, (2) an attorney who consults the legislative minutes from a recent session for changes in criminal law. What do these two individuals have in common? Both the physician and the attorney seek to amend their occupational behavior through data-driven and evidence-based practices. Professions that explore how to economize and streamline their work efforts are most effective at delivering a product or service because they acknowledge the fluidity of their practice and see wisdom in change. The evolution of science, living on the edge of discovery, means looking for answers

A Primer on Debunking the Immigration-Crime Link

We may be a bit late, but the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana would like to extend well wishes on this Fourth of July. As we take time to celebrate with family and friends, I’d like to reflect on something especially relevant in today’s public forum: immigration. The American promise of a safe and prosperous future for all has never been more important and what better time than to explore the topic. Immigrants are an undeniably crucial component of the American experience and have shaped every aspect of our cultural landscape since the earliest arrival of English Puritans. Immigrants have also been at the center of a hotly contested debate ranging on for centuries: what is pro

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