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Nov 12, 2014 In 2013, a group of victims’ advocates and advocates from alternative to incarceration (ATI) and reentry programs began meeting together to see what would happen if we listened to each other more. Nearly two years later, the group has become the Coalition of ATI/Reentry and Victims’ Advocates (CAVA), and is defining how unlikely partnerships can advance sound and safe criminal justice policy. CAVA aims to strengthen policy and program efforts in both the...
Dec 13, 2013 Every year, thousands of young people end up in courtrooms because they ran away from home, skipped school, or engaged in other risky behaviors that are not criminal in nature and only prohibited because of their ages. Responding to these cases, called “status offenses,” in court can lead to deeper juvenile justice system involvement, including detention or placement in a residential facility—outcomes that are out of proportion to the young person’s...
Dec 4, 2013 Momentum continues to build nationally for ways to limit the reach of the juvenile justice system, relying less on court interventions and incarceration and more on safe and effective community-based options. This momentum makes the experience of youth who commit status offenses—a range of behaviors, such as running away from home, skipping school, or violating curfew, which are prohibited under law only because of an individual’s status as a minor—all the...
Nov 18, 2013 Vital federal funding that supports a variety of crime-prevention strategies, treatment programs, and innovative initiatives in our communities has decreased by 43 percent since 2010, according to a recent survey conducted by the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) and National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA). The survey examines the impact those cuts have on essential...
Aug 14, 2013 The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today the launch of the new Models for Change Resource Center Partnership, which builds on its nearly 20-year, $150 million...
Jul 26, 2013 In 1997, in response to the problem of overcrowding in South African prisons, the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) was invited by the then South African Minister of Justice, Dullah Omar, to establish a demonstration pretrial services project aimed at reducing the number of admissions into remand detention. The project, based at various...

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