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  • Colin Hernandez
    Colin Hernandez
October 14, 2019

We Need More Data to Understand the Impact of Mass Incarceration on Latinx Communities

Latinx Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, is a time to celebrate the history, achievements, contributions, and heritage of Latinx people in the United States. September 15 is the day when five Latin American countries—Costa Rica,...

  • Jamila Hodge
    Jamila Hodge
October 01, 2019

Governors Should Embrace—Not Hinder—Reform-Minded Prosecutors

Two weeks ago, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a letter directing state Attorney General Brian Frosh to begin prosecuting more violent crime cases from the city of Baltimore. This directive—which was made to supersede the authority of the city State’s Att...

  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
    September 23, 2019

    A New View

    I’m writing this having pulled my laptop out of the boxes piled up around my new desk in Vera’s new headquarters. Over my shoulder, you can see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. We’ve moved, and today is day one. After almost two decades of working nea...

    • Hayne Yoon
      Hayne Yoon
    September 19, 2019

    Back to School: A Common-Sense Strategy to Lower Recidivism

    The United States makes up just 5 percent of the global population but is home to 20 percent of the world’s incarcerated people. More than 95 percent of the 1.5 million people in U.S. prisons will eventually be released, regardless of whether they are ready to...

    • Margaret diZerega
      Margaret diZerega
    • Kindred Motes
      Kindred Motes
    September 18, 2019

    “I Can’t Imagine Babies Being Kept from Their Mom”

    Editors’ note: Edited and abridged for clarity Last month, the WNBA All-Star and Phoenix Mercury forward DeWanna Bonner accompanied Vera project director Margaret diZerega and digital strategy director Kindred Motes on a tour of the Estrella Jail—a women’s-o...

    • Leah  Pope
      Leah Pope
    • Karina Schroeder
      Karina Schroeder
    September 11, 2019

    Bringing Back Mental Institutions Won't Stop Mass Shootings

    Last month—following horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio—President Donald Trump made statements supporting an increase in institutionalization for people with mental illness as a means of reducing gun violence. This equation of gun vio...

    • Dan  Slepian
      Dan Slepian
    September 06, 2019

    A Producer's Notebook: The story behind 'Justice For All'

    Editor's note: Last year, Vera led a group of corrections leaders, government officials, activists, and others on a tour of prisons in Germany and Norway, to see what a criminal justice system rooted in human dignity looks like. Dateline NBC producer Dan Slepi...

    • Nissa Rhee
      Nissa Rhee
    August 26, 2019

    Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Incarcerated Mothers

    The United States has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world, with 26 women dying out of every 100,000 live births. For Black mothers, this danger is even more acute, with a maternal death rate that is three to four timesthat of non-Hispanic w...

    • Carolina Hidalgo
      Carolina Hidalgo
    August 06, 2019

    In St. Louis, It Takes a Small Army to Close a Notorious Jail

    Local organizers have galvanized an entire region in favor of shutting down the Workhouse, a place they see as emblematic of official indifference towards the plight of needy residents.

    • Vera Staff
      Vera Staff
    August 01, 2019

    A Vision for Change

    Earlier this year, Kica Matos, a lawyer, community organizer, and advocate for immigrant communities for decades joined Vera as the new director for the Center on Immigration and Justice. At the same time, Insha Rahman—former director of Vera's project Greater...

    • Kristyn Jones
    July 30, 2019

    Small Details for the Big Picture

    For years, we’ve known that the jail incarceration rate in the United States is higher than the global average, and that incarceration inflicts enormous financial and social costs on individuals, families, and communities. But we know less about one of the bi...

    • Leah  Pope
      Leah Pope
    July 25, 2019

    Racial Disparities In Mental Health And Criminal Justice

    July is Minority Mental Health Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the unique challenges that underrepresented communities face in accessing mental health treatment in the U.S. As a mental health researcher at Vera, I also see this awareness mon...