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Imprisonment is a threat to public health. We must reject jail expansion in New Orleans.

No individual leaves prison or jail healthier than when they arrived. Every encounter with law enforcement—including arrest, criminalization, and incarceration—is associated with illness and premature death.The experience of incarceration is so damaging to one’s health that health-care workers, scholars, and formerly incarcerated people have identified Post Incarceration Syndrome as a discrete condition that is now […]

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