Current Thinking

/ International

RSS Feed

Aug 31, 2015 The Gender & Justice in America blog series explores issues facing justice-involved women and girls in the fields of adult corrections, youth justice, immigration, victimization, substance use, and mental health. People visit the Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania region of northeastern Germany to see its sparkling lakes, sweeping fields, and charming coastal towns that flood with...
Jun 11, 2015 The statistics by now are numbingly familiar. A quarter of the world’s population behind bars is in the United States—though we comprise but five percent of the world’s population. There is a broad boundary-busting movement to change this reality—it’s bipartisan, it involves people both inside and outside the criminal justice system, and it is headline news. One boundary worth crossing in this effort is our borders. What are other countries—the vast...
Jul 17, 2014 Evaluating the professional standards and ethics of security and justice institutions globally is daunting. Working with a myriad of government structures and social dynamics poses significant challenges to any non-governmental organization (NGO) working on criminal justice reform, yet global partnerships that share best practices can serve as valuable catalysts for social change. The Altus Global Alliance (Altus), established in 2004, is composed of six...
Jul 10, 2014 A local politician swallows one kilogram of cocaine to smuggle to Europe in order to fund his electoral campaign….a president’s reelection campaign is lavishly funded by drug cartels….a Boeing 727 transporting nearly 11 tons of cocaine crashes during takeoff at a makeshift airport in the middle of the Sahara desert…the emergence of narco-terrorist organizations threaten newly minted, still fragile democracies… In West Africa, the global reach of the...
Jan 9, 2013 Michael Jacobson announced yesterday that he is stepping down as president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice after eight years at its helm. While he will be missed, he leaves Vera in great shape, having significantly strengthened its fiscal and organizational capacities and expanded its reach and impact. Vera’s budget increased three-fold under his tenure, and Vera opened new offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, working in...
Aug 21, 2012 By Joel Levy The Laura and John Arnold Foundation recently launched its Giving Library website. The site is an innovative way to provide information about hundreds of nonprofit organizations in easily digestible video formats. Philanthropists may also communicate directly with participating nonprofit organizations through the Giving Library’s Connection Center. The Vera Institute of Justice is...
Jun 20, 2012 In the face of bloated prison populations and shrinking budgets, the call for more alternatives to incarceration has become increasingly common. One such alternative—the community service order—first took root in Africa nearly two decades ago in what may seem an unlikely place: Zimbabwe.  Admittedly, Zimbabwe is not a place people think of when discussing innovations in justice delivery. Over the last decade, Zimbabwe has been engulfed in political and...

Pages

Bloggers

Archive