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from the INCARCERATION TRENDS project

The Incarceration Trends project features an new interactive data tool—available at trends.vera.org—that collates and analyzes publically available, but disparately located, data about incarceration. This tool can be used for reference and measurement by justice system stakeholders and others looking to understand how their jail is being used, how it compares with others, and spot problem areas—such as excessive growth or racial or ethnic disparities. As part of the project, Vera also published a report summarizing the major findings of a historical analysis, using the tool, of American jails.

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Latest Resources

11/18/2014

Mass incarceration is one of the major public health challenges facing the United States, as the millions of people cycling through the courts, jails, and prisons every year experience far higher rates of chronic health problems, substance use, and mental illness than the general population. Mass incarceration’s role as a driver of health disparities extends beyond prison walls as well, affecting the health of entire communities. This publication—the first in a series released as part of Vera’s Justice Reform for Healthy Communities initiative—focuses on individual and community-level health impacts of incarceration with a focus on the relationship between mass incarceration and health disparities in communities of color and on opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act.

Read an editorial on "The Steep Costs of America's High Incarceration Rate," by Vera President Nick Turner and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
10/21/2014
Vera’s Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit convened a working group of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers with expertise in law enforcement and public safety technologies to discuss how public safety agencies use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a tool to inform budgetary decisions about the use of public safety technologies (PST)—such as DNA databases or risk-assessment tools. Input from the working group helped shape this report, which helps readers understand the intersection of CBA and PST, how CBA can be best applied to PSTs, and the challenges of using CBA to as a decision-making tool for PSTs. The report was written to help guide researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who are facing the same issues of determining the relative costs and benefits of adapting certain PSTs in their agencies.
10/17/2014

Beyond Offender and Victim explains rationale behind the Vera demonstration project Common Justice’s use of “harmed party” and “responsible party” to describe the person who survives harm and the person who causes harm, respectively.

08/01/2014

Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety developed these tip sheets to assist leaders in planning and implementing accessible meetings that address the needs of all people, including people with disabilities and Deaf people. They focus on how to select accessible venues, ensure successful meeting environments, and what to address during the planning process, including the creation of accessible meeting materials for all participants. The tip sheets also provide guidance on how to develop successful contracts with hotel management.

07/15/2014

In 2013, 35 states passed at least 85 bills to change some aspect of how their criminal justice systems address sentencing and corrections. In reviewing this legislative activity, the Vera Institute of Justice found that policy changes have focused mainly on the following five areas: reducing prison populations and costs; expanding or strengthening community-based corrections; implementing risk and needs assessments; supporting offender reentry into the community; and making better informed criminal justice policy through data-driven research and analysis. By providing concise summaries of representative legislation in each area, this report aims to be a practical guide for policymakers in other states and the federal government looking to enact similar changes in criminal justice policy.

Read an editorial on "The Steep Costs of America's High Incarceration Rate," by Vera President Nick Turner and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
07/10/2014

This webinar was designed for legal services providers in Vera’s Legal Orientation Program and Unaccompanied Children’s Program networks who work with clients who do not speak English or Spanish. The presentation provides practical tips for how to prepare for a telephonic interpretation, the Do’s and Don’ts for conducting the call, and how to close a call effectively. 

 

07/10/2014

Vera partnered with the District Attorney of New York to examine whether prosecutorial discretion contributes to racially and ethnically disparate outcomes in New York County criminal cases. In this video, Vera Research Director Jim Parsons discusses Race and Prosecution in New York County and its findings. 
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07/08/2014

In order to ensure the integrity of the justice system, it is essential that case outcomes do not disproportionately affect members of certain racial and ethnic groups—and that any disparities be identified so solutions can be developed. To that end, Vera partnered with the District Attorney of New York on an NIJ-funded study examining racial and ethnic disparities in criminal case outcomes in Manhattan. The two-year study, which analyzed more than 200,000 cases, focused on the role of prosecutors during several points of a criminal case—case acceptance for prosecution, dismissals, pretrial detention, plea bargaining, and sentencing recommendations—and whether prosecutorial discretion contributes to racially and ethnically disparate outcomes. While the best predictors of case outcomes were factors that directly pertained to legal aspects of a case—including the seriousness of the charge, the defendant’s prior record, and the offense type—the research also found that race remained a factor in case outcomes.

07/02/2014

In this issue of The Guardian Reporter, the newsletter of Vera's Guardianship Project:

  • Hear from our former project director Laura Negrón as she reflects on her tenure at the project, and from our interim director Olga Perez discussing what lies ahead.
  • Find out how the project's unique, multidisciplinary team model—combining expertise in legal advocacy, financial analysis, and case management—helped return a client to the hospital after his unauthorized discharge, setting the stage for a move to assisted living, and helped another client when the pipes in his house exploded.
  • Read about collaborations undertaken by project staff recently, including learning about emergency preparedness from the Red Cross and hosting an art exhibit and reception on elder abuse.
  • Learn about hoarding, and the challenges it poses to effective case management.
  • Examine new data on the overwhelming cost of unnecessary nursing home institutionalization in New York State and the cost savings possible through helping clients return to the community.
  • See recent news out of Nebraska, where state auditors discovered extreme guardianship exploitation, and find out about the new, statewide public guardianship system the Nebraska government created in response.
06/16/2014

Dr. Ingrid Binswanger, associate professor in Division of General and Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, speaks with Vera’s director of research, Jim Parsons, about the disproportionately high risk of death among people reentering the community from jail or prison upon their release. Dr. Binswanger’s research signals the need for better collaboration and communication between health and justice systems to improve continuity in care.

This interview is part of Vera's Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.

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