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Just 'Cause is the quarterly newsletter of the Vera Institute of Justice and is produced by the Communications Department. This issue includes the following articles:
- "Translating Stop, Question, and Frisk Numbers into Neighborhood Impact," by Melissa Cipollone;
- "Cracking the Case on How Prosecutors Think," by Alice Chasan;
- From Vera's Director: "Research Yields Surprises and Solutions," by Michael Jacobson;
- Harold Hongju Koh Delivers Vera's 2012 Justice Address;
- Investing in Justice: Vera's Seventh Annual Benefit;
- Q&A with Jim Parsons, director of the Substance Use and Mental Health Program, interview by Alice Chasan;
- News & Events; Alumna Profile: Fiza Quraishi;
- Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series
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.
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.
Today, approximately 40 million foreign-born people live in the United States, seven million of whom arrived within the past eight years. Because very little is known about how most police agencies nationwide work with immigrant communities, in 2010, Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to identify and disseminate information on law enforcement practices that cultivate trust and collaboration with immigrant communities and merit replication. Staff from Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice solicited information from more than 1,000 agencies in jurisdictions with large immigrant populations and evaluated nearly 200 agencies’ practices. The resulting multimedia resource—report, toolkit, podcasts— features the efforts of 10 law enforcement agencies of different sizes, capacities, and circumstances. Engaging Police in Immigrant Communities is a practical, field-informed guide for community policing professionals seeking to begin or build upon their work with immigrant communities and immigrant community leaders looking to collaborate effectively with law enforcement.
Performance incentive funding (PIF) programs financially reward community corrections agencies and local jurisdictions with a share of state savings for delivering better outcomes, including sending fewer offenders to prison, through the use of evidence-based practices. Highlighted in Vera’s report are lessons learned by the states that have already enacted PIF legislation and the key considerations policymakers need to take into account when designing and implementing their own PIF program. For more information, visit PIF resources by state and PIF bibliography on Vera’s website.
Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program partnered with the New York City Department of Correction to design methods for identifying people in the city’s jail system who were most in need of services to prepare them for reentry into the community. The result was the creation of the Service Priority Indicator—a simple screening tool for targeting reentry services that uses administrative data held by the jail to identify people who are at greatest risk of being rearrested and returned to jail custody upon release.
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.
A report from Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, in partnership with the Pew Center on the States’ Public Safety Performance Project, examines whether, in light of recent state-level policy changes and ongoing budget deficits, the expected shifts in population and spending from prisons to community corrections between 2006 and 2010 have been realized. The findings are based on survey responses from 36 state prison agencies and 35 community corrections agencies; follow-up interviews with 24 states; a review of recent sentencing and corrections legislation; and an analysis of population counts from the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice.
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.
Just 'Cause is the quarterly newsletter of the Vera Institute of Justice and is produced by the Communications Department.
This issue includes the following articles:
- "Cheaper Isn't Necessarily Better When it Comes to Prisons," by Alice Chasan
- "DOJ Releases National Standards to End Prison Rape," by Patricia Connelly
- From Vera's Director: "Dollars and Sense," by Michael Jacobson
- "Getting Help to Domestic Violence Victims in the LGBTQ Community," by Elias Isquith
- Q&A with Whitney Tymas, director of the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program, interview by Alice Chasan
- Vera Alumnus Profile: "Khalil Muhammad: Looking Back, Envisioning a Better Future," by Elias Isquith
- News & Events; Seventh Annual Benefit: Investing in Justice