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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 12, 2015 The events of September 11th, 2001 were a game changer for law enforcement, as homeland security became a shared mission for local and federal agencies. Since then, an extensive array of laws and policies have been enacted at the national and state levels to support that mission, including but not limited to the PATRIOT Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, multiple immigration restrictions, and policies governing information sharing, intelligence...
Mar 3, 2015 The federal appropriations bill passed last December raised the funding for victim services from $745 million in the last fiscal year to $2.361 billion in the current one—an unprecedented increase in what are known as “VOCA” (for the Victims of Crime Act) funds. This increase carries implications not only for victim services, but for the criminal justice field as a whole, and presents an...
Feb 25, 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...
Feb 20, 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...
Dec 19, 2014 We wrote and prepared to release our new issue brief, Young Men of Color and the Other Side of Harm: Addressing Disparities in our Response to Violence, long before the grand juries in Ferguson and Staten Island reached their decisions. This brief is not specifically about the violence committed by law enforcement against...

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