Incarceration in Local Jails and State Prisons

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Series: Target 2020

A Monumental Missed Opportunity for Criminal Justice

Vera President, Nick Turner, reflects on fifth round of debates.

Twenty-five years past the 1994 crime bill, we are ready to talk about a new paradigm to address harm and wrongdoing that seeks to provide safety for all communities, does not peddle in fear and racism, and does not mistake excessive punitiveness for accountability. For the people, as we say. We note that the criminal legal system is 90 percent sta...

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  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
November 25, 2019
Blog Post

Young Adult Prison Reform Initiative Expands to Three New States

Restoring Promise will transform prison living and working conditions statewide in North Dakota, Colorado, and Idaho by centering human dignity.

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Restoring Promise, an initiative from the Vera Institute of Justice and MILPA, announced the expansion of its work to disrupt and transform the living and working conditions inside American prisons and jails. The addition of three new states are North Dakota, Colorado, and Idaho – marks the growth of a reform movement already ...

Press Release
November 15, 2019
Press Release