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Apr 1, 2015 Last week, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) held a press conference to unveil its strategic plan to make Illinois communities safer and improve outcomes for justice-involved youth. I was honored to join Ryan Shanahan, Vera’s Center on Youth Justice research director, and our government and project partners in presenting the plan.   Last fall, IDJJ Director Candice Jones enlisted Vera and the Chicago-based...
Mar 24, 2015 Juan Bello is a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property manager for the Jonathan Williams Plaza Houses in Brooklyn. In this blog post, Bello—who has been working at NYCHA for 28 years and has been a property manager for the past 18 years—discussed his thoughts and experiences with the Family Reentry Pilot Program...
Mar 13, 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...
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...
Mar 5, 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...

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