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From Bondage to Bail Bonds: Putting a Price on Freedom in New Orleans

May 14, 2018

How did our current system of bail bonds come about? Jailing an accused person because they cannot pay bail has been unlawful in the entire federal criminal justice system for decades. This brief describes bail across the city’s 300-year history and how it morphed away from a right to be free before trial.

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The New Orleans Prosperity Index: Tricentennial Edition

Apr 11, 2018

As New Orleans completes her 300th year, the tricentennial is an important moment to reflect on the city’s history and achievements. But in addition to celebrating their storied past, New Orleanians are eager to learn from it. Since 2005, when Katrina struck and the levees failed, New Orleanians have worked hard to rebuild their city better than before, preserving that which they treasure, while reforming and strengthening their institutions, and increasing opportunities for prosperity. The tricentennial represents an auspicious occasion for both celebration and reflection.

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The Impact of 300 Years of Jail Conditions

Mar 29, 2018

Beginning from the first incarnation of Orleans Parish Prison in 1721 by Bienville at Jackson Square to its current iteration under federal court supervision, the form and function of the jail has changed. Unearthing the history of the New Orleans jail and its relationship with the city, this essay discusses new solutions that include the voices of the impacted communities.

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The Coastal Index 2017

Jun 14, 2017

With the update of the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, the infusion of money from the BP settlement, and the existential issue of coastal land loss, Southeast Louisiana has the makings for a water management cluster.

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