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New Orleans Prosperity Index

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 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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