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What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

The Bail Trap

The New York Times Magazine

“As bail has evolved in America, it has become less and less a tool for keeping people out of jail, and more and more a trap door for those who cannot afford to pay it.”

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When Freedom Isn’t Free

The Marshall Project

A closer look at the $14 billion industry that helps accused offenders refinance bail charges they can’t meet—at substantial long-term cost.

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How Prison Debt Ensnares Offenders

The Atlantic

For those who are convicted and serve time, court-imposed financial woes often long outlast jail sentences.

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The Long-Term Costs of Fining Juvenile Offenders

The New Yorker

Court-imposed fines and fees can trap even the very youngest criminal offenders in cycles of poverty and crime.

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