Volume: 24, Number: 1
 October 2011

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Vera and the Federal Sentencing Reporter share an approach to policy change that relies on information, analytical examination, and innovation. Rare among scholarly journals, the Federal Sentencing Reporter focuses—in its authorship and readership—on academics as well as practitioners. In its pages, conversations take place among judges, lawyers, policy makers, and scholars. The publication is an intellectual resource that people in the field turn to for solutions and that academics rely on to propose, learn about, and discuss new ideas. Each issue offers in-depth analysis on a wide range of topics related to sentencing policies and practices.

The Federal Sentencing Reporter is published five times a year. For each issue, Vera posts on its web site the “Editor’s Observations” (a regular feature that highlights the themes of the issue), a select article, and the table of contents. Other articles, subscription services, and archives are available through University of California Press


Current Issue: Volume: 24, Number: 1
October 2011

Sentencing Within Sentencing

As the Vera Institute of Justice celebrates its 50th anniversary, its work—past and present—is the subject of October’s special issue of Federal Sentencing Reporter (FSR). In the “Editor’s Observations” column, FSR guest editor Alison Shames, associate director of Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, explains how sentences imposed at conviction often do not represent the full punishment meted out; many people, she notes, are subject to collateral consequences, or “sentencing within sentencing.” The articles in this issue—written by current and former Vera staff and associates—discuss some of these hidden punishments and reflect Vera’s ongoing commitment to innovation in the justice system.

Editor's Observations

Sentencing Within Sentencing
Alison Shames, associate director, Center on Sentencing and Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice

Featured Articles

Experiments in the Criminal Justice System
Herbert Sturz, senior adviser, Open Society Foundations, cofounder and honorary trustee, Vera Institute of Justice

This article originally appeared in the February 1967 issue of Legal Aid Briefcase, and was based on Herbert Sturz's testimony about the Manhattan Bail Project before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization two months earlier. By then, Vera had brought together various public agencies to question the relationship of poverty to the administration of criminal justice and respond with action-oriented interventions. Sturz described the organization’s approach when he wrote, “Insofar as Vera has any overall modus operandi, it is to spot individual problems in the way our system of criminal justice operates and to work with the relevant agencies to bring about change."

Prisons Within Prisons: The Use of Segregation in the United States
Angela Browne, senior researcher, Alissa Cambier, program associate, and Suzanne Agha, senior research associate, Vera Institute of Justice

The Unintended Sentence of Criminal Justice Debt
Robert Constantino, senior program associate, Center on Sentencing and Corrections, Evan Elkin, director, Department of Planning and Government Innovation, and Alexandra Shookhoff, former intern, Department of Planning and Government Innovation, Vera Institute of Justice

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Professor Daniel J. Freed
Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Nancy Gertner, retired U.S. District Court Judge and professor, Harvard Law School, and Sofia Yakren, practitioner in residence, Women and the Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University

The final piece in this issue is a tribute to Daniel J. Freed, a founder of FSR and a longtime trustee and friend of Vera’s. The authors reflect on a man who, through his teaching, research, and writing—especially about sentencing—did a great deal to ensure that justice would remain at the heart of the justice system. The staffs of Vera and FSR dedicate this issue to him. 

Other articles in this issue

(available through University of California Press)