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May 10, 2016 While recent  police brutality headlines have motivated movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, activism surrounding transgender people has been pushed to the margins in mainstream media. In response to police violence against transgender people, #BlackTransLivesMatter has made continuous efforts to raise awareness to the many transgender persons, particularly minorities, who have suffered under the current penal system. Transgender people are...
May 6, 2016 The Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails blog series features the voices of various perspectives—from corrections officials and academic experts to advocates and formerly incarcerated people—examining the issues presented by the use of segregated housing and discussing promising strategies for reform. Los Angeles County’s juvenile justice system is not...
May 4, 2016 Chances are, if you are a New Yorker charged with a misdemeanor and have little-to-no criminal history, you will be headed home after arraignment with no money bail. In fact, 80 percent of people charged with misdemeanors are released pretrial on their own recognizance. New York City’s bail system works the way it’s supposed to for the vast majority of defendants. But for the 27 percent of New Yorkers who have bail set and are unable to post...
Apr 29, 2016 This is the first blog post in a series about bail reform in New York City.  New York’s bail system is broken. The system is one epic bail fail. Bail reform is needed now. These are some of the phrases and headlines splashed across New York City newspapers in the past year. From the New York Times to the New York Post, the City’s media is abuzz with talk of bail. A couple of high-profile cases have punctuated these declarations. Kalief Browder, a Bronx...
Apr 4, 2016 */ The Unlocking Potential: Perspectives on Education in Prison blog series—as part of Vera’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project—explores postsecondary education in prison and its benefits—during and after incarceration—through the unique experiences and insight of former students, educators, nonprofit leaders, corrections...
Mar 30, 2016 Think about a particularly trying time in your life. Now think about not having a place to stay or family to support you during this time of hardship. Would you have made it?  For people recently convicted of a crime, having a place to stay and the support of family are often the most influential factors in their success. But for decades, housing authorities across the country have not allowed recently convicted people to access public housing, even...

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