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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
Jim Parsons, director of Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program (SUMH), talks with Richard G. Dudley, Jr., a Vera trustee and psychiatrist with extensive background in forensic psychiatry and community mental health, about how the findings of SUMH’s study can help to address the challenges of identifying mental health needs in criminal justice settings and sharing data across relevant agencies.
Michael Jacobson, president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice, reported on Vera’s evidence-based research into the effectiveness and efficiency of existing corrections policies. He described findings from a number of studies, the use of cost-benefit analysis as a tool for assessing and reforming policy, and results of Vera-designed initiatives to foster alternatives to incarceration.
Join Jonathan Ball, director of the Utah Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, and Mike Clark, chief economist at the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, as they discuss the differences between cost-benefit analysis and fiscal impact analysis, questions that fiscal personnel should ask when reviewing cost-benefit studies, and steps fiscal offices should take if they add CBA to their workload. This presentation is intended for executive and legislative fiscal and budget staff, as well as others who wish to use CBA to inform decisions about budgets and policy priorities.
In the summer of 2012, the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the Vera Institute of Justice conducted an informal nationwide online survey of 714 state and local criminal justice stakeholder organizations. The questionnaire’s purpose was to gather information from a wide range of jurisdictions about the impact of budget cuts, both already enacted, and anticipated cuts that would result from sequestration. This document is a summary of self-reported responses.
Researchers from Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program created an unprecedented dataset including records from four Washington, DC criminal justice agencies and the Department of Mental Health to study the mental health needs of people arrested in the District of Columbia in June 2008. The resulting report provides information to improve the identification of mental health needs for this population, improve the delivery of mental health services, support the design of new policies and programs, and establish a baseline against which to measure the effectiveness of new initiatives.