How Bail ‘Criminalizes’ Poverty

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It costs the city of New Orleans more to administer the system of bail than it raises in revenue from bail, fines and fees, the Vera Institute of Justice said in a report released tuesday.

The finding underlines the inefficiencies—and inequities—of the “user-funded” approach to funding the justice system in New Orleans and most other cities around the U.S., Vera said.

Vera researchers analyzed cases involving about 11,000 people booked into New Orleans jail during . . .

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