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Vera opened its office in Washington, DC, in 2005 to serve as headquarters for the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons. Since June 2006, when the commission published its report Confronting Confinement, Vera’s Washington DC Office has expanded its mission.

The Washington DC Office now places all of Vera’s diverse capacities—research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance—at the disposal of partners located in or visiting the nation’s capital. It is also helping to bring Vera’s expertise to bear on important national criminal justice debates by facilitating roundtable discussions and participating in congressional briefings and hearings. In 2007 the Washington DC Office embarked on two major new projects. At the request of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC), Vera staff are working to help develop a set of federal standards to prevent sexual violence in prisons. The second project, Corrections Support and Accountability, is partnering with two states and three large counties to create systems of oversight that are tailored to meet the needs of their correctional facilities. More recently, the office has begun working with the District of Columbia government. Vera staff are helping the mayor’s office reform the district’s Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) system—the system that serves youth who have not broken the law, but whose chronic misbehavior has led their parents to seek government help. They are also collaborating with the district’s department of corrections to research the need for substance use and mental health treatment among people released from the DC jail.

08/02/2013
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Under the Budget Control Act of 2011, sequestration cuts are already in place—with additional cuts scheduled to be taken every year through Fiscal Year 2021. Unless Congress is able to work out a balanced, bipartisan solution, these cuts, which were...
07/16/2013
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As a result of congressional budget cuts over the past several years, funding for the U.S. Department of Justice’s justice and research grants has been greatly reduced. These cuts have reduced grants to both state and local criminal justice programs...
07/03/2013
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By Timour Lalanne, intern, Vera’s Washington, DC office. Increasingly, public discussion about policy intersects with questions of public health—whether the social and economic costs of obesity, the inequalities in the nation’s health care services...
06/26/2013
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Former Attorney General Edwin Meese provides opening remarks at Vera's June 12 Congressional Forum. © Dakota Fine    “Now is a critical time for discussing problems and opportunities in the criminal justice system,” said former Attorney General...
12/10/2012
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  Recently, two letters were sent to Democratic and Republican Congressional Leadership from law enforcement, prosecutors, and stakeholders in the criminal justice community. The Vera Institute of Justice was one of the signatories to the letters,...

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