Ins & Outs: The St. Tammany Judicial System
April Curran tells her story of growing up in Mandeville, Louisiana and how she and her late sister, Joanna Curran, navigated the juvenile justice system. Curran describes her teenage years and how she and her circle of friends began selling and using opioids. Both Curran and her sister were arrested and pressed with drug charges at a young age, leading to harrowing and sometimes abusive interactions with the criminal justice system. Curran explains the circumstances of her sister’s overdose and how her family coped with this tragic loss. Drawing from these experiences, Curran analyzes the sociopolitical factors contributing to the opioid crisis and the dysfunction of the criminal justice system in Saint Tammany Parish.
Neighborhood Story Project
Criminal Justice; Class; Race; Opioid; Heroin; Drug use; Political Corruption; Grief; Naloxone; Drug War
New Orleans, Louisiana; Greenville, South Carolina
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Curran, April, "Ins & Outs: The St. Tammany Judicial System" (2017). 7.Safety. 2.