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  • Alex Frank
    Alex Frank
  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan
    October 26, 2019

    Anchoring Reform in Community Partnership

    Although men of color are disproportionately impacted by the prison system, they’re the least likely to be in leadership positions driving justice reform. As part of Restoring Promise—an initiative to radically transform the living and working conditions insid...

    • 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,...

    • Insha Rahman
      Insha Rahman
    October 08, 2019

    Closing Rikers Island

    On October 17, the New York City Council will consider a historic vote to approve the construction of four new jails to replace the decrepit, decaying facilities that currently exist in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. This is a critical step for t...

    • 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...