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Welcome to the Arrest Capital of the United States

Article reporting on Louisiana’s pay-as-you-go criminal justice system, and the ways it incentivizes record-high arrest rates while trapping those arrested in a cycle of poverty and incarceration.

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When you cross into the New Orleans suburb of Gretna, Louisiana, over the Crescent City Connection bridge there is no sign that says, “Welcome to the Arrest Capital of the United States.”

There is no cutout of a smiling cop telling you to be careful and not violate any local laws. There is no warning telling you that of all the large cities and mid-sized towns in the country, this is the one in which you are most likely to be arrested. Read more...