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Mar 24, 2015 Juan Bello is a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property manager for the Jonathan Williams Plaza Houses in Brooklyn. In this blog post, Bello—who has been working at NYCHA for 28 years and has been a property manager for the past 18 years—discussed his thoughts and experiences with the Family Reentry Pilot Program with Vera’s Family Justice Program.   What are your thoughts about the Family Reentry Pilot Program and what do you see as its biggest...

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Mar 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 they serve. Altovise Love-Craighead is a co-victim of homicide, having lost her brother to murder in 1997. She is the co-founder of the EMIR Healing...
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Mar 19, 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 experts from a range of fields as they examine how the intersection of poverty, mental health, and the...

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Mar 17, 2015 For more years than we care to remember, politicians had just one choice when it came to criminal justice issues: they had to be “tough on crime.” The “faces” of that tough-on-crime era included both criminals who committed heinous crimes (such as Willie Horton) and victims of violent, often sexual crimes (such as seven-year-old Megan Kanka, whose murder prompted states to pass Megan’s laws, which established sex offender registries). The framing of crime...
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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 they serve. Lisa Thurau is the founder of Strategies for Youth, a national policy and training organization dedicated to improving police/youth...
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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...

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Mar 9, 2015 Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his budget for the coming fiscal year, including in it reforms to the state’s juvenile justice system that would remove most 16 and 17-year-olds from the adult criminal justice system without increasing costs at the local level.   Historically, county governments in New York have shared the cost of the juvenile justice system with the state, contributing 50 percent of the cost of confinement, and 90...
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