Publications + Reports

Institute staff and collaborators disseminate their research and analysis and education on Institute core issues of race, poverty, and migration, their interconnections, and Catholic Social Teaching through a variety of publications and reports:

The JustSouth E-News is published in months in which our JustSouth Quarterly is not published, usually six to seven times a year. It usually includes articles by the staff, links to new reports and releases from regional and national sources on race, poverty, and migration, upcoming Institute events, and occasional “action alerts” about pressing social policy matters. View archives »

The JustSouth Quarterly is the principle journal for in-depth research and writing of the Institute staff and collaborators. It reflects our research, analysis and education, as well as content from our periodic conferences and events. View archives »

In addition, the Institute publishes occasional issue papers, the texts of addresses by the staff and colleagues, and JSRI conference documents as free-standing reports to supplement our regular publications. View archives »

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E-Newsletter: Get Smart Louisiana: Reforms open way for smarter, comprehensive sentencing in the future

Louisiana is getting smart on crime. Now is the time to get even smarter and follow the lead of neighboring states like Texas and Mississippi that have enacted comprehensive sentencing legislation.

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E-Newsletter: What is Louisiana #1 in?

Out of Control: Pope Denounces Criminal Justice Systems

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E-Newsletter: Martin Luther King, Jr.: Becoming maladjusted for the beloved community

Dr. Alex Mikulich reminds us of the call of Dr. King to resist systemic and structural injustice in all its forms. 

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Quarterly: In Praise of Newcomers

A major criticism leveled against recent newcomers to the United States is that they are “takers” creating an economic drain on the nation. Not only are they takers, critics lament, but also categorically “illegal,” echoing past racist associations of criminality with African-Americans and many other people of color.

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E-Newsletter: Gutting the Voting Rights Act

On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the enforcement provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, Attorney General et al.  In the words of Congressman John L. Lewis, who risked life and limb in the struggle for Civil Rights, the Court struck a “dagger in the heart” of the Voting Rights Act.

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E-Newsletter: Their Stake in Medicaid Expansion

A report this month from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the disproportionately negative impact on people of color of decisions by Gulf South governors and legislatures and those in other states. 

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E-Newsletter: Indigent defense still experiencing problems 50 years after Gideon decision

An Equal Justice Initiative analysis shows how the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Gideon Decision demonstrates ongoing problems in indigent defense.

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E-Newsletter: Troublemakers for the Beloved Community

In an extraordinary, perhaps definitive occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail on April 15, 2013, ordained leaders of Evangelical, Pentecostal, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions signed a new response to that classic Letter.

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E-Newsletter: Report finds payday lending cost Americans $774 million in 2011

In a new report, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development finds that predatory payday loans in 33 states cost the American economy $774 million in 2011 resulting in the loss of more than 14,000 jobs.

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Quarterly: The Gift of W.E.B. Du Bois and Double-Consciousness

While many people of color have critically engaged double-consciousness in many and diverse fields of study, W.E.B Du Bois offers a way of spiritual transformation that has largely been missed by white America.

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