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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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Mar 5, 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...
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 opportunity to move from scarcity to equity and reach the survivors...

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Feb 27, 2015 In late January, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.262) in the Senate to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which expired in 2013. The first attempt to reauthorize RHYA failed last July. RHYA is the main federal safeguard for more than 1.7 million children nationwide—by the most recent estimate—who run away from home, are neglected and...

Feb 26, 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...
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 experts from a range of fields as they examine how the intersection of poverty, mental health, and the...

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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 they serve. Chief Jeri Williams has been the chief of police with California’s Oxnard Police Department since January 2011, and previously served as...

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