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Apr 27, 2015 Earlier this month, Common Justice—a Vera demonstration project—hosted “Paving the Way to Healing and Recovery: Conversations with Young Men of Color Who Survive Violence,” a conference focused on what works in addressing the violence young men of color survive. Held in partnership with the Crown Heights Mediation Center and Achievement First Brooklyn High School, the conference explored hospital-based interventions for survivors of intentional violence...

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Apr 21, 2015 The Department of Justice’s recent announcement of an investigation into truancy court and juvenile district courts in Dallas County, Texas is big news in juvenile justice circles. Texas—which enacted a series of juvenile justice reforms between 2007 and 2013—is nonetheless one of only two states in the country (along with Wyoming) that sends kids to adult criminal court for truancy. DOJ will examine whether the Dallas County courts provide...

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Apr 21, 2015 */ The Police Perspectives: Building Community Trust blog series is part of Vera’s Police Connecting with Communities of Color project. The series explores the importance of—and provides guidance on how to build and enhance—positive relationships between law enforcement agencies and the diverse communities they serve. Theron Bowman began his law enforcement career in 1983 as an officer with the Arlington (TX) Police Department, and served in numerous...
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Apr 17, 2015 At a time when politicians and economists of every stripe and persuasion are decrying the lack of opportunity, wage stagnation, and growing income inequality that seem to characterize the United States in 2015, few seem to fully appreciate the mountain of state laws that ensure those facts remain for those Americans with a criminal record.   Despite recently proposed bipartisan federal legislation—such as the re-introduced REDEEM Act—that aims to remove...
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Apr 14, 2015 */ The Unlocking Potential: Perspectives on Education in Prison blog series—as part of Vera’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project—explores postsecondary education in prison and its benefits—during and after incarceration—through the unique experiences and insight of former students, educators, nonprofit leaders, corrections officials, reentry experts, and more. Doris Buffett is the founder of The Sunshine Lady Foundation, one of the...

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Apr 9, 2015 Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, in conjunction with the National PREA Resource Center—created under the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act—has developed a new resource for correctional administrators and staff about housing at-risk individuals without the use of isolation. This guide, Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe Under PREA: Alternative Strategies to the Use of Segregation in Prisons and Jails, will help agencies comply with the...

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Apr 2, 2015 */ The Police Perspectives: Building Community Trust blog series is part of Vera’s Police Connecting with Communities of Color project. The series explores the importance of—and provides guidance on how to build and enhance—positive relationships between law enforcement agencies and the diverse communities they serve. Dr. Lorie Fridell is a former director of research at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and now on faculty in the department of...

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