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Mapping the Criminal Justice System's Impact in Your Community

By James Bell

Understanding the pervasiveness of the criminal justice system’s reach into low-income communities is critical to meeting the civil legal needs of these communities. Advocates can learn more about this phenomenon by using a model that maps how criminal justice policies operate locally, beginning with the deployment of law enforcement resources. With the system deconstructed, advocates can consider ways to intervene to minimize harm to clients.

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