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Sudhir Venkatesh, William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, talks with Vera director Michael Jacobson about his 18 months advising the FBI on working with local law enforcement agencies to deal with gang-related crime and his current research on informal justice systems in urban communities. This podcast is part of the 2011-2012 Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series. Professor Venkatesh is author most recently of Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets. He is completing an ethnographic study of policing in the Department of Justice, where he served as a senior research advisor from 2010-2011.
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:
- "Jail Reentry: An Emerging Field of Research and Innovation," by Alice Chasan
- "Fiscal Crisis Keeps the Focus on Justice Investment," by Jules Verdone
- From Vera's Director: "A Half Century of Change...and Continuity," by Michael Jacobson
- Sixth Annual Benefit, Celebrating 50 Years of Vera, Honors Luis Ubinas and Michael Dell
- Special Counsel Susan Rai Reflects on More Than 35 Years at Vera
- News & Announcements; Upcoming Events
This report, published by MDRC, presents the final results of an evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a New York City-based employment program for formerly incarcerated people. A Vera spin-off, CEO provides temporary jobs and other services to improve participants’ prospects in the labor market and reduce the odds that they will return to prison. Staff from Vera’s Cost Benefit Analysis Unit prepared the cost-benefit analysis presented in Chapter Four. Vera’s analysis showed that CEO’s financial benefits for taxpayers, victims, and participants outweigh its costs under a wide range of assumptions. The study found that most of the program’s benefits resulted from reduced criminal justice system expenditures, generating an estimated $1.26 to $3.85 in benefits per $1.00 of cost.
Research shows that incarcerated young people who sustain positive relationships with loved ones have better outcomes during and after being in juvenile justice placement facilities than youth who do not. This brief summarizes the first year of a research and technical assistance project the Vera Institute of Justice conducted with the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The initiative was designed to help placement facility staff draw on the families of incarcerated youth as a source of support. Initial findings point to the importance of family, broadly defined, to juvenile-justice system involved youth and describe promising results from staff’s use of Vera’s Juvenile Relational Inquiry Tool.
Professor Faye Taxman of George Mason University talks with Vera director Michael Jacobson about how U.S. corrections systems can adopt practices to help reduce recidivism—a shift that will require substantive and cultural changes. This podcast is part of the 2011 Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series. Professor Taxman is the director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason and has published more than 125 articles. In 2008, the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing recognized her as a Distinguished Scholar.
- Vera’s Unaccompanied Children Program has prepared a directory of legal service organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal assistance and representation for non-detained children in immigration proceedings. The directory, which is organized alphabetically by state, includes the types of legal assistance provided by each organization and the areas and immigration courts served.
- The Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net have created a website to help low-income immigrants find free or low-cost legal help. The website provides information about more than 900 nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. The website allows searches for nonprofit legal services to be done by state, county, detention facility, languages spoken, types of legal and other services provided, and specific areas of legal assistance. It is available in English and Spanish. Not all of the organizations in this directory provide representation to children.
In 2005, Vera launched The Guardianship Project in New York City in collaboration with the New York State Office of Court Administration to address systemic inadequacies in the practice of legal guardianship for primarily elderly incapacitated people. Poor oversight and the absence of best practices in guardianship is a national problem, and New York State is no exception. This brief examines the national flaws in guardianship practice, focuses on New York State’s needs, and recommends ways to improve the system, save taxpayer funds, and protect a vulnerable population.
This report was produced for the Los Angeles Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee, which published it on its website on October 26, 2011. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the factors that contribute to chronic overcrowding in Los Angeles County jails and provides recommendations for improvements.
Professor Paul Light of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, talks with Michael Jacobson about the promise—and limits—of effecting social change in troubled economic times, in the first podcast from the 2011 season of the Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.