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Jul 9, 2015 I recently visited a facility in California where I was told about a girl in custody who staff described as a troublemaker, refusing orders to sit down or cooperate with staff in any way. She was on the verge of being charged with new crimes in the facility for fighting with staff—charges that would likely have resulted in more severe punishment than her original offense.   But that week her facility happened to be piloting the only evidence-based health...
Jul 7, 2015 After decades of mass incarceration, policymakers around the country are realizing the unintended consequences of using the criminal justice system to deal with the social and public health problems of homelessness, drug use, mental illness, and poverty. Despite the advances of criminal justice reform, however, there are increasing efforts to criminalize pregnant women who are at risk for negative birth outcomes, particularly targeting women who use drugs...
Jun 24, 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 experts...
Jun 19, 2015 No country incarcerates more women than the United States. Although American women comprise just five percent of the total global female population, we represent nearly a third of the world’s female prisoners—a rate that outstrips even America’s unprecedented incarceration of men.   Shocking as that may be, our drive to incarcerate doesn...
May 14, 2015 On the evening of Sunday, May 10, Prince performed a benefit concert at the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore City in honor of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African American man who tragically died in Baltimore City Police Department (BCPD) custody from a traumatic...
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...

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