Justice and Accountability Center

Justice and Accountability Center

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Justice and Accountability Center (JAC) is a Lousiana-based organization that works to eliminate obstacles to opportunity for people harmed by the systemic racism and economic impacts of the criminal legal system through policy advocacy, public education, and legal representation. JAC facilitates a collaborative lawyering program in which teams of attorneys who practice in different fields come together to provide legal services holistically to individuals previously incarcerated. JAC Re-Entry Program uses legal services, education, and advocacy to provide access to justice and to address deficiencies in the system. First, JAC provides an initial assessment of what legal services an individual might need. For example, after release from jail or prison, a defendant may need help with debts that went unpaid due to incarceration. Next, JAC assembles a team of attorneys that works collaboratively with JAC to resolve legal matters. During this time, JAC and the team offer periodic free workshops or classes to attorneys in the program. Finally, JAC monitors opportunities for systemic advocacy on behalf of and alongside individuals directly impacted. They also provide civil legal services to formerly and currently incarcerated individuals. For help with a legal issue, please attend their next Reentry Legal Clinic. Legal Clinics are posted on their events calendar and advertised through social media as they are scheduled.

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