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Feb 9, 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.   Across the country, people of all races and ethnicities are talking about police-community relations in the wake of high profile...
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Feb 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...

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Feb 3, 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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Jan 30, 2015 On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his “Immigration Accountability Executive Action,” a series of initiatives aimed at partially reforming an immigration system that an increasing number of Americans believe is broken. This executive action also has the potential to serve as a powerful tool for law enforcement agencies to build trust with immigrant communities.     The executive order—which will take effect in mid-February—will, among other...

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Jan 22, 2015 Since its release more than six months ago, the Vera-created Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT)—the first-ever validated screening tool for victims of human trafficking—has generated interest from researchers, immigration attorneys, law enforcement and government agencies, and domestic and international advocacy organizations seeking to strengthen their ability to help more victims of human trafficking come out of the shadows. The interest in...

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Jan 14, 2015 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.  Heather M. Gay is the manager of education for the Michigan Department of...

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Jan 8, 2015 Considered the single most important piece of federal legislation regarding youth in the juvenile justice system since it was enacted in 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) plays a crucial role in addressing the needs of system-involved youth. It also ensures that the judicial process focuses on rehabilitation and stabilization and does not levy unjust punishments that impede a youth’s ability to become a productive member of...

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