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Aug 23, 2013 Lee G. Petro, lead attorney from Drinker Biddle...
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Aug 22, 2013 This is part two in a multi-part series highlighting Vera’s fiscal sponsorship program. Read the first post here. The Ohio Green Prison Project (OGPP) is an example of a sponsored project that was “spun into” Vera. OGPP designs and implements vocational training and reentry programs that benefit incarcerated people and reduce the environmental impact and costs of prisons. You can read about how the idea for OGPP was developed and how it came to Vera here...
Aug 15, 2013 In New York City, where more than one-third of residents are foreign-born, approximately 1,800 people per year are detained and sent to county jails without the ability to pay for an attorney as they face deportation in immigration courts in New York and New Jersey. This includes asylum-seekers, lawful permanent residents, and those with American children. The impact of legal representation on their success in court is profound: detained people facing...

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Aug 15, 2013 On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder called for criminal justice reform that was notable not only for its breadth, but for its widespread support, which crossed party lines, executive and legislative divides, and federal and state boundaries. To those working in the justice sector, it was both gratifying and compelling to hear Mr. Holder’s embrace of comprehensive reform—as well as the support it received. Vera’s work in many of the areas Mr. Holder...

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Aug 14, 2013 The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today the launch of the new Models for Change Resource Center Partnership, which builds on its nearly 20-year, $150 million national initiative to guide and accelerate the nation’s momentum toward a more fair, rational, effective, and developmentally appropriate approach to juvenile justice. The partnership will provide public defenders, judges, policymakers, advocates, probation officers, social...

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Aug 9, 2013 $3.3 billion. That’s the total projected savings to be generated by the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) across 17 states, according to a new report from the Urban Institute. As a technical assistance provider under JRI, the Vera Institute of Justice works with states to analyze their criminal justice systems to develop policies that target their correctional population and cost drivers with the ultimate aim of achieving better public safety outcomes...

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Aug 8, 2013 For more than 50 years, Vera has been well known for helping to improve the justice system by combining expertise in research, program innovation, and technical assistance. Of the more than 50 demonstration projects Vera has incubated over these years, 18 have gone on to become separate entities. Some of these spin-offs, like Safe Horizon and Project Renewal, are now even larger than Vera. What many people don’t know is that Vera offers fiscal sponsorship...

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