The role that money—in the form of bail, fines, and fees—plays in criminal justice systems has come under increased focus. These practices have long been in place in New Orleans, driving jail incarceration and costing struggling families, most of them black, millions.
New Orleans is now taking the initiative to change by virtually eliminating money bail for municipal offenses and replacing all revenues the Criminal District Court would lose. The next step is to align court practices with this new system of funding to end money injustice and replace it with a fairer and safer system. This report from the Vera Institute of Justice sets out a blueprint to achieve that reality.