Past Due: Examining the Costs and Consequences of Charging for Justice in New Orleans

vera-logo-squareIn 2015, New Orleans spent $6.4 million to incarcerate people who couldn’t pay bail or conviction fines and fees. By focusing on bail decisions and fines and fees assessed at conviction, this publication from the Vera Institute of Justice reveals the costs and other consequences of a system that tries to extract money from low-income people and then jails them when they can’t pay.