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04/16/2013

Vera Director Michael Jacobson and Professor Ernest Drucker discuss the impact of 40 years of domestic drug policy on U.S. incarceration rates. Dr. Drucker is professor emeritus in the Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His most recent book is A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America.

This podcast is part of the Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.

02/24/2013

Professor Anthony A. Braga talks with Vera Director Michael Jacobson about “focused deterrence strategies”—policing frameworks that target a specified crime problem within a high-crime-intensity area—to prevent gang violence and group-involved violence generally. Such strategies were incorporated into “Operation Ceasefire” in response to the 1980’s crack epidemic in Boston, which lead to significant reductions in youth homicides and nonfatal serious violence.

Anthony A. Braga is The Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and a Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

This podcast is part of Vera’s 2012 Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.

12/17/2012

This is the second in a four-part series discussing findings from The Anatomy of Discretion, a Vera Institute study of factors that influence prosecutors’ decisions in criminal cases. In this part, prosecutor Anne J. Swern discusses the effects of resource constraints. Swern is First Assistant District Attorney for Kings County, NY, and serves on the board of directors and the executive committee of the National District Attorneys Association. In other podcasts in this series, one of the study’s authors summarizes its main findings; a federal judge discusses the balance between individualized treatment of defendants and consistency in decision making across similar cases; and a law professor discusses the balance between strength of evidence and other considerations.

12/17/2012

This is the first in a four-part series discussing findings from The Anatomy of Discretion, a Vera Institute study of factors that influence prosecutors’ decisions in criminal cases. In this part, Professor Don Stemen talks with Vera Director Michael Jacobson about the study’s main findings. Stemen is author of numerous works on sentencing and corrections policies, sentencing guidelines, mandatory treatment for drug offenders, and racial disparities in prosecution and sentencing. In other podcasts in this series, a prosecutor discusses the effects of resource constraints; a federal judge discusses the balance between individualized treatment of defendants and consistency in decision making across similar cases; and a law professor discusses the balance between strength of evidence and other considerations.

12/17/2012

This is the last in a four-part series discussing findings from The Anatomy of Discretion, a Vera Institute study of factors that influence prosecutors’ decisions in criminal cases. In this part, Professor Anthony C. Thompson discusses the balance between strength of evidence and other considerations. Thompson is Professor of Clinical Law at New York University, has supervised a prosecution clinic in which students maintain real case loads, and is the author of It Takes a Community to Prosecute. In other podcasts in this series, one of the study’s authors summarizes its main findings; a prosecutor discusses the effects of resource constraints; and a federal judge discusses the balance between individualized treatment of defendants and consistency in decision making across similar cases.

12/17/2012

This is the third in a four-part series discussing findings from The Anatomy of Discretion, a Vera Institute study of factors that influence prosecutors’ decisions in criminal cases. In this part, Judge Theodore A. McKee discusses the balance between individualized treatment of defendants and consistency in decision making across similar cases. McKee is the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and previously served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. In other podcasts in this series, one of the study’s authors summarizes its main findings; a prosecutor discusses the effects of resource constraints; and a law professor discusses the balance between strength of evidence and other considerations.

11/30/2012

Michael Jacobson, director and president of the Vera Institute of Justice, and Laura Negrón, director of Vera’s Guardianship Project, talk about the project’s groundbreaking holistic approach to guardianship services for older adults and people with disabilities who have been adjudicated by the court as incapacitated. Watch the video and learn how The Guardianship Project works to ensure more justice for people in need of guardians and saves New York’s taxpayers Medicaid dollars.

11/20/2012

Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State, delivered Vera's 2012 Justice Address on November 8, at The Paley Center for Media in New York City. Koh, a leading expert on international law, spoke about the history of international criminal justice from Nuremberg to the present. John Savarese, chair of Vera's Board of Trustees, presented Koh with the Vera Institute of Justice Commemorative Award. Vera's Justice Address features a prominent national figure who explores important criminal and social justice issues of our time. Previous speakers include Nicholas deB Katzenbach, James B. Comey, and Eric H. Holder, Jr.

09/24/2012

On September 24, 2012 Vera held its seventh annual benefit, honoring Rodney O. Martin, Jr., CEO of ING U.S. as corporate honoree, and Vera Trustee Richard G. Dudley, Jr., MD as public service honoree.

The theme of the evening, "Investing in Justice," highlighted Vera's approach toward cost-effective justice system reforms that save taxpayers money while ensuring greater public safety. This idea is captured in the video through the work of Vera's Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit, The Guardianship Project, and the Center for Economic Employment, a Vera spinoff.

09/11/2012

Siobhán Carney, Vera’s associate research director, talks with Christopher Wildeman of Yale University about his research into mass incarceration through a public health lens. Christopher Wildeman is an assistant professor of sociology, a faculty fellow at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, and a resident fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. His research and teaching interests revolve around the consequences of mass imprisonment for inequality, with emphasis on families, health, and children.

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