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Aug 19, 2014 More than 700,000 people leave jail and prison each year needing permanent housing. Studies have shown that obtaining permanent housing means that formerly incarcerated individuals are more likely to gain employment, maintain sobriety, complete parole supervision, and achieve the necessary stability to stay safely in the community. Many of the family members of these individuals live in public housing—a place where people with a criminal record are often...

Aug 18, 2014 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 officials, reentry experts, and more.  Jody Lewen is the executive director of the Prison University Project, a...

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Aug 13, 2014 The Vera Institute’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections recently released a report that details 2013 state-level legislative changes affecting sentencing and corrections practices. The report—Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentence and Corrections Trends—identifies the creation of programs that would increase the likelihood of successful reintegration into the community after an individual leaves prison or jail as a major area of focus....

Aug 7, 2014 In late June, the bipartisan House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Over-Criminalization examined the collateral consequences that an expanding federal penal code, the rapid addition of new regulatory crimes and violations, and harsh federal sentencing guidelines can have on the approximately 65 million Americans with a criminal record. At the center of this hearing was a report released in May by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (...

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Aug 5, 2014 In a recent report, the RAND Corporation explores the current state of correctional education for incarcerated adults and juveniles. First, RAND reports the results of a national survey of state correctional education directors, which included questions about the current use of computer technology, preparations for the new 2014 GED exam, and the impact of the 2008 recession. Second, to determine what works in correctional education for juveniles, RAND...

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Jul 28, 2014 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 officials, reentry experts, and more.  Scott Budnick is the former executive vice president of Green Hat Films and...

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Jul 22, 2014 On June 30th, the White House honored 16 people who have worked to expand employment and reentry opportunities for individuals who were previously involved in the criminal justice system. The event, part of the White House’s Champions of Change series, featured remarks from Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who presented each honoree with their award.   Award...

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