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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...
Apr 16, 2012 By Zhifen Cheng, senior research associate, Center on Immigration and Justice Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) is conducting a two-year research study to validate and disseminate a human trafficking victim-screening tool with the potential to improve victim identification, victim services, and law enforcement on a...
Sep 7, 2011 Twelve years after Vera’s pretrial services demonstration project in South Africa concluded, the situation regarding remand detainees—persons held in jail awaiting trial and/or sentencing—has finally made it back on the government’s official radar. Action by the South African government was overdue. From 1995 to 2000, the number of remand...

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