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The Role of Police in Ending Mass Incarceration

Police in America arrest millions of people each year, and the likelihood that arrest will lead to jail incarceration has increased steadily: for every 100 arrests police officers made in 2016, there were 99 jail admissions, up from 70 jail admissions for every 100 arrests in 1994. Ending mass incarceration and repairing its extensive collateral co...

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  • Rebecca Neusteter, Ram Subramanian, Jennifer Trone, Mawia Khogali, Cindy Reed
August 12, 2019
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The 911 Call Processing System

A Review of the Literature as it Relates to Policing

Police spend an inordinate amount of time responding to 911 calls for service. While most of these calls are unrelated to crimes in progress, police often respond with the tool that is most familiar and expedient to them: enforcement. This exhausts police resources and exposes countless people to avoidable criminal justice system contacts. There i...

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  • Rebecca Neusteter, Maris Mapolski, Mawia Khogali, Megan O'Toole
July 19, 2019
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A Piece of the Puzzle

State Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students

Postsecondary education in prison puts people on a path toward a brighter future by disrupting the cycle of poverty and incarceration. But it has not been offered at scale due to the numerous barriers—including the 1994 ban on Pell Grants to people in prison—that prevent students and postsecondary institutions from accessing state and federal fundi...

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  • Lauren Hobby, Brian Walsh, Ruth Delaney
July 11, 2019
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Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm in Jail

A Sentinel Events Approach

Suicide is the leading cause of death in jails across the country. At a time when the public is paying closer attention to local jails and their primary role in mass incarceration, it is critical to shine light on the problem of jail suicide and the steps jails can take to prevent future deaths. This report is the second from Vera that frames suici...

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  • Jason Tan de Bibiana, Therese Todd, Leah Pope
July 08, 2019
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Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative

Findings and Recommendations to Partner Agencies

After decades of misuse and overuse, the role of solitary confinement in United States jails and prisons is now being addressed. In recent years, this practice—also known as restrictive housing or segregation—has been the subject of increased scrutiny from researchers, advocates, policymakers, media, and the government agencies responsible for peop...

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  • Sara Sullivan, Vedan Anthony-North, David Cloud, Léon Digard, Lauren Galarza, Allison Hastings, Jacob Kang-Brown, Byron Kline, Jessi LaChance, Stephen Roberts, Lionel Smith, Elena Vanko, Jessa Wilcox
May 15, 2019
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