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In the Arrest Capital of the United States, City Unfairly Exploits Justice System to Collect $5.77 Million in Court Fees Every Year.

Gretna, Louisiana: the Arrest Capitol of the United States. Of all the large and mid-sized cities in the country, Gretna is the one in which [...]

Gretna, Louisiana: the Arrest Capitol of the United States. Of all the large and mid-sized cities in the country, Gretna is the one in which you are most likely to be arrested, with an arrest rate of nearly five times the rate of Baltimore. The high arrest rate does not come from dangerous crime rates in the city, but rather from less consequential crimes such as drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and “other offenses” not significant enough for the FBI to track. If people arrested on warrants fail to show up in court, they end up with another warrant and yet another arrest.

In October 2017, an audio recording reveals that the police department had set arrest quotas for officers to keep their jobs. This act prohibited by Louisiana law serves only one purpose, and that is to bring in revenue for the police. Officers who fail to meet goals or speak out against them are released for “unsatisfactory performance” or threatened with investigation for making defamatory comments.

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