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Jul 20, 2015 It may come as a surprise to learn that 90 percent of jails collect revenue from the people incarcerated there. To learn more about this practice, we at Vera reviewed data submitted by 35 jurisdictions as part of our Price of Jails survey. We found that while common, it is not especially lucrative: collected funds...
Jun 23, 2015 Lisa Simpson, who previously directed the New Orleans Pretrial Services demonstration project out of Vera’s New Orleans office, currently works with a team in the Public Safety Division of Bernalillo County. More information about Bernalillo County can be found in Vera’s recently released report, The Price of Jails: Measuring the Taxpayer Cost of Local Incarceration.   By the fall of...
May 27, 2015 Laurie Garduque is the director of justice reform for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In this post, she explains how the Safety and Justice Challenge Network was formed, and what the 20 sites selected are going to do next. The Safety and Justice Challenge is a $75 million MacArthur Foundation initiative to reduce America's use of jails.     When the MacArthur Foundation announced the...
May 21, 2015 How much does it cost to house the 730,000 men and women in America’s jails? Seems like a simple enough question to answer, but the fact is, no one really knows. The U.S. government estimates $22.2 billion per year, but—as we found in our latest report, The Price of Jails: Measuring the Taxpayer Cost of Local Incarceration—this amount excludes correctional costs borne by other...
Mar 27, 2015 */ “Breaking Point: New York’s Mental Health Crisis” is a powerful broadcast series about the intersection of poverty, mental health, and the criminal justice system by Cindy Rodriguez, of New York City’s public radio station WNYC. The Vera Institute of Justice is pleased to complement the broadcasts with a blog series that features the voices of...
Mar 9, 2015 Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his budget for the coming fiscal year, including in it reforms to the state’s juvenile justice system that would remove most 16 and 17-year-olds from the adult criminal justice system without increasing costs at the local level.   Historically, county governments in New York have shared the cost of the juvenile justice...
Jul 8, 2014 Nationwide, state correctional health care spending totaled $7.7 billion in 2011—an amount that comprises 20 percent of overall prison expenditures, according to a new report from the State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Inmate health care costs make up a larger share of state prison...

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