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New Orleans Just Took a Step Towards Ending the Criminalization of Poverty. Let’s Finish the Job.

By voting in support of the dismissal of municipal and traffic warrants, fines and fees, the New Orleans City Council created an opening for more than forty-thousand New Orleanians to escape a vicious cycle of poverty and incarceration. By coming together to imagine a more just criminal legal system, our city is positioned to jump from being the target of civil rights lawsuits to being a leader in reform.

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