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Feb 14, 2014 Bipartisan support for criminal justice reform was strong at a symposium co-sponsored by Vera and The Leadership Conference Education Fund called “A Conversation on Criminal Justice: A Call to Action for the Nation.” The event, held at Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC on Tuesday, February 11, featured U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, members of Congress, and a panel of experts. “Now is the time to build...
Feb 6, 2014 In his recent State of the State address, Delaware Governor Jack Markell laid out his criminal justice policy priorities for 2014, charting a path forward that would strengthen the Delaware justice system by piloting a pretrial supervision program, advancing judicial discretion, and removing barriers to reentry.     These efforts follow on 2012’s Justice Reinvestment Act (SB 226), legislation developed by the Delaware Justice Reinvestment Task Force, a...
Feb 5, 2014 Robert W. Wilson died on December 23, 2013, and Vera and all those who find themselves involved with the criminal justice system have lost an amazing ally and supporter.    Robert Wilson, 87 at the time of his death, had made a fortune as founder of one of the early hedge funds. He ran it successfully for many years but was determined to give his fortune away. While he was widely known for his support of the arts, Mr. Wilson also cared deeply about the...
Feb 3, 2014 Billions of dollars are spent in the U.S. every year to incarcerate the largest prison population in the world, and with corrections costs soaring, more and more states are embracing justice reinvestment, an approach to criminal justice intended to lower costs, reduce prison populations, and reinvest savings into policies and programs that provide a better return on public safety.    The Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections...
Dec 18, 2013 Since the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, people around the world have united to celebrate his life and all that he stood for. For those involved in the justice and education sector, Mandela’s fight for human rights, belief in educational opportunities for all, and unrelenting commitment to racial equality serve as an inspiration for our work. Throughout his life, both as an activist and as a role model, he provided his audience,...
Dec 10, 2013 Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will dramatically expand Medicaid eligibility to include all individuals with income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level. For the first time, eligibility will be based solely on income, and no longer take into account factors such as age, gender, being a parent, and having a disability. This expansion of Medicaid is an option to states, and those that chose to participate will close the coverage...

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