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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. 

Decision 2018: Amendment 2

The Justice and Accountability Center has worked since 2011 to tackle deficiencies in the post-conviction phase of the criminal justice system and advocate for criminal justice reform locally and state-wide. After all, this message is a part of our organizational creed. Those who work for and have previously worked for JAC know first-hand the uphill battle this work can be and the journey it takes to mobilize resources and engage with the public. It is ultimately the public, not the consortium of non-profits, do-gooders, amenable politicians, and media personalities, that make the decisive decisions behind criminal justice policy. It is for that reason alone - not because of scientific conse


We can label the design, execution, delivery, and interpretation of a given program as part of a strategic evaluation plan. Organizations have a vested interest in tracking its programs in such a way not only in the interest of posterity, but to determine impact and future replicability. Another part of this evaluation process includes the dissemination and discussion of critical findings to and with a wider audience; an audience made up of academics, field experts, and laypersons. Offering findings to such a public audience means making collection methods and interpretation vulnerable. It also, however, offers an opportunity to refine practices, gain exposure, and find new partners and advo

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