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"Bail, Fines, and Fees" video by the Vera Institute#NAME?Highlights the bail process and the inherent issues and implecations of the it in New Orleans.Vera InstituteJuly 25, 2016
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"Books about criminal justice curated by the Marshall Project staff"#NAME?The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization focused on putting the lens on the US criminal justice system. The Marshall ProjectDecember 2018
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"Criminal Justice: Changing Course on Incarceration"#NAME?A report looking at changing practices in incarceration and criminal justice in New Orleans between 2005 and 2015.The Data CenterJune 17, 2015
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"Louisiana's 2017 Criminal Justice Reforms"https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2018/03/louisianas-2017-criminal-justice-reformsThis issue brief provides an overview of criminal justice reforms signed into law on June 15, 2017 by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. This bipartisan package is beginning to help reduce prison populations and is providing millions in savings for the state and municipalities.The Pew Charitable TrustsMarch 1, 2018
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"Louisiana leads nation in locking up people for life; often, jurors couldn't even agree on guilt"https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/article_48a11022-43e8-11e8-a984-df8200880997.htmlLearn more about plea deals and the impact that non-unanimous jury -- which are no longer allowed, as of 2018 -- has had on defendants in the state of Louisiana.The New Orleans AdvocateApril 21, 2018
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"Louisiana sees large drops in prison population a year after historic criminal justice reforms"https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_a5c01e10-7ad9-11e8-856e-ebf326bf26bc.htmlHow have the 2017 criminal justice reforms in Louisiana changed prison populations in New Orleans? The state has seen a 20 percent decrease in the number of people imprisoned for nonviolent crimes, and Louisiana dropped behind Oklahoma for the highest rate of incarceration.The New Orleans AdvocateJune 28, 2018
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"Louisiana reserved $8.5 M of criminal justice reform savings for improvements; here's where it will go"https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_a5c8b012-d244-11e8-819b-5fb590ae1508.htmlWhat happens with money saved from criminal justice reform? Much of this is being reinvested in programs that seek to reduce recidivism, support victims, and improve public safety. Learn more about how this funding is distributed to community-based organizations, nonprofits, as well as drug and re-entry court programs. . The New Orleans AdvocateOctober 17, 2018
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"How a Hurricane Led New Orleans to Change Its Approach to Criminal Justice"#NAME?A look at how Hurricane Katrina forced us to reassess New Orleans prisonsPacific StandardNovember 8, 2018
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"How Cash-Strapped Local Governments Target the Poor" #NAME?Struggling cities are increasingly relying on steep fines and penalties that take a toll on those who can least afford them.Washington MonthlyJuly 11, 2017
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"If you can't afford a lawyer"#NAME?Back in 2016 and 2017, the OPD was thrown into the national news. Because of budget cuts, lack of resources, and other factors, the OPD came to a point where they had to refuse clients and was then sued by the ACLU. This prompted a look inside why this was happening, what larger issues were at play, and our broken system that was based on the Constutional Right to have representation. Reveal, the media platform for the Center of Investigative Reporting, highlights these issues and includes interviews with the OPD with Chief District Defender Derwyn Bunton and then PD William Snowden (founder of the Juror Project and Director of the Vera Institute in NOLA). RevealDecember 2016
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"Louisiana corrections building on successful efforts to reduce recidivism rate of former inmates"https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_36902036-0ec1-11e9-a9b0-cfc68ce6b1e5.htmlLearn about how new Second Chance Act funding -- a $750,000 grant for a two year prograrm -- will support prisoners before and after their release to reduce the rate at which formerly incarcerated people return to prison.
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"Labor and Love"#NAME?An Interview with Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, artists working in the Lower Ninth Ward who have documented the prison industrial complex through their documentation of Angola State Prison. See this work at: http://calhounmccormick.com/portfolios.Antigravity MagazineJanuary, 2019
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"Louisiana routinely jails people weeks, months, years after their release dates"#NAME?Louisiana’s prison system and local jails, including the Orleans Justice Center, routinely keep people locked up for weeks, months, some even years, after they are supposed to be released, according to a 2017 state auditor’s report, defense attorneys and former inmates.NOLA.com | The Times PicayuneFebruary 17, 2019
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NOPD Consent Decree#NAME?The Department of Justice issued a written report of its findings of an investigation into the NOPD in 2011 documenting a number of patterns or practices of unconstitutional conduct and detailing DOJ's concerns about a number of NOPD policies and practices. The Consent Decree represents a proactive and robust mandate for reform of the policies, training, and practices of the NOPD with specific agreed-upon corrective actions and timeframes for implementation.Department of JusticeJuly 24, 2012
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OPP Consent Decree#NAME?A press release announcing the Consent Decree for the Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans.Department of JusticeDecember 11, 2012
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"Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office Inmate Population Analysis" #NAME?This report specifically looks at jails and the jail capactiy from 2017 in New Orleans. They acknowledged then that the Orleans Justice Center was and would continue to be inadequate. In the past year, we have seen the stories about lack of equipped and trained staff there and in the Juvenile Center as well as other issues of safety. Metro Crime CommissionAugust 1, 2017
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"Police and Data Collection: Why Louisiana Needs Reform"#NAME?In this article: The Importance of Data for Good Governance and Effective Policing, Louisiana’s Only Law on 
Data Collection, The SPLC’s Investigation into Louisiana’s Data Collection Law, Increasing the Capacity of 
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on Policing, and RecommendationsSouthern Poverty Law CenterNovember 2018
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"Tilting the Scales" Series#NAME?An investigative series focusing on Louisiana's controversial 10-2 jury law, its racist history, and its present-day impact. Since this series was published -- in November 2018 -- Louisiana voters passed an amendment to end non-unanimous jury verdicts in Louisiana.The New Orleans AdvocateApril 2018
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"Louisiana Incarcerated" Serieshttps://www.nola.com/crime/page/louisiana_prison_capital.htmlAn eight-part series exploring why Louisiana has more citizens in prison than anywhere else in the world.The Times Picayune2012
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"Unprisoned: Stories from the System" radio serieshttps://www.unprisoned.org/Unprisoned is a radio show and podcast that tells the stories behind the statistics: the ways our families, neighborhoods, and notions justice are impacted by our criminal justice system. Unprisoned
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Books 2 Prisoners#NAME?Help match people in prison to reading material they will enjoy. Volunteer Opportunities: respond to letters and wrap packages
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The First 72+#NAME?The First 72+ runs various programs aimed at stopping the cycle of incarceration by fostering independence and self-sustainability through education, stable and secure housing & employment, health care, and community engagement.
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Justice and Accountabilty Center#NAME?JAC focuses on two areas, helping to tackle issues in post-conviction and creating a supportive and collaborative space for attorneys and advocates. They often host Expugent Workshops and Re-entry Legal Clinics.
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Justice in America#NAME?Hosted by Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith, each episode covers a new criminal justice issue. Hosts explain how it works and look at its impact on people, particularly poor people and people of color. The show features interviews with activists, practitioners, experts, journalists, organizers, and others.The Appeal
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Think Justice Blog#NAME?Subscribe to Vera Institute of Justice RSS feed to stay up to date with their forum for ideas, opinions, and strategies on justice policy and practice.Vera Institute of Justice
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The Marshall Project Newsletter#NAME?Follow the Marshall Project newletter for facts, links to articles, statistics, dialogue, and more on the US criminal justice system. The Marshall Project
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Operation Restoration#NAME?Operation Restoration was created to provide a community where impoverished women and girls have access to the basic fundamentals they need to successfully reenter into society after incarceration. Operation Restoration assists women upon release with the monumental task of restoring themselves through the fundamentals needed to transition back into society. Once the fundamental needs are met Operation Restoration focuses on helping women obtain a higher education.
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Rising Foundations#NAME?Rising Foundations provides pathways to self sufficiency for formerly incarcerated people with an aim to stop the cycle of incarceration in low income communities. In our unique workforce development program we promote small business development, access to safe and affordable housing, and financial security, while rebuilding neighborhoods.
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Serial Podcast, Season 3#NAME?Serial podcast tackles the whole criminal justice system by looking at ordinary cases on location in Cleveland, OH. Inside these cases they find the troubling machinery of the criminal justice system on full display. Serial Productions
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Solitary Gardens#NAME?Fueled by the desire to keep Herman’s legacy alive, The Solitary Gardens, turns solitary confinement cells into garden beds that are the same size and blue-print as the cell Herman, and so many others spend decades in. The contents (plants, flowers and herbs) of the prison-cell-turned-garden-bed are designed by prisoners serving their sentences in isolation through proxies on the outside. Central to this project is a call to end the inhumane conditions of solitary confinement, simultanously inspiring compassion necessary to dismantle systems of punishment and control.
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Souther Poverty Law Center - New Orleans#NAME?The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
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Vera Instiute#NAME?Vera Institute heavily focuses on research, public policy, and supporting programs around incarceration.
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