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  • Kevin  Keenan
    Kevin Keenan
  • Britt Masback
    Britt Masback
January 15, 2020

Lesson Plans for Justice Reform: A Call to Action for Students and Teachers

Whether you’re a teacher or student—and whether you’re preparing for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black Lives Matter at School Week (Feb. 3–7, 2020), or Women’s History Month (March), —it’s time to develop a lesson plan on justice reform.

  • Abdul Rad
    Abdul Rad
  • Wenshu (Monica) Yang
    Wenshu (Monica) Yang
January 10, 2020

The Arrest-Jail Admission Gap

More than 10 million arrests were made across the United States in 2016. Although the numbers have decreased since 1997, roughly 28,000 arrests still happen every day. This means one arrest every three seconds. Moreover, arrests continue to disproportionately ...

  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
January 09, 2020

Series: Target 2020

Federal Leadership Needed to Transform Conditions of Confinement

Six hundred thousand—that’s the approximate number of people in the United States who will return to their community from prison every year. Another way to look at it is that 95 percent of those who are currently incarcerated will be released. How then are pri...

  • Krystin Roehl
    Krystin Roehl
  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
January 02, 2020

Series: Target 2020

The Shocking Lack of Due Process for Immigrants

After Mariana, a mother of three, was detained by ICE, she described the experience as “horrible, so, so stressful. . . . When I was first detained with ICE there were so many thoughts in my mind. . . . I was so, so stressed out . . . because I put my whole li...

  • Akhi Johnson
    Akhi Johnson
December 19, 2019

A Sentinel Review Process Could Help Washington D.C.

When mistakes happen in the criminal justice system, we often seek to cast blame, quickly, on a single actor. But we can do better, collectively.

  • Micah  Haskell-Hoehl
    Micah Haskell-Hoehl
December 16, 2019

Series: Target 2020

Time for a New Federal Commitment on Rural Jail Incarceration

Across America, in rural communities and small cities, jail incarceration is rising at an alarming rate. We are learning more and more about the federal role in local jail growth. Yet this crisis at mass incarceration’s front door—local jails—has failed to cap...

  • Aaron Stagoff-Belfort
    Aaron Stagoff-Belfort
December 04, 2019

Study Links Solitary Confinement to Increased Risk of Death After Release

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published a study finding that people placed in restrictive housing (also known as solitary confinement) are more likely than their peers to die or be re-incarcerated in the first year after their...

  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
November 25, 2019

Series: Target 2020

A Monumental Missed Opportunity for Criminal Justice

In this Democratic primary season, justice reform has been a prominently and refreshingly competitive topic. Conspicuously, during the debate, there was almost zero concrete or illuminating discussion of reforming or transforming the American criminal legal sy...

  • 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...

    • Margaret diZerega
      Margaret diZerega
    October 25, 2019

    Voters in Battleground States Favor Restoring Pell Grants for People in Prison

    For years, Vera and many of our partners from across the corrections, higher education, and criminal justice spectrum have been calling for the reinstatement of Pell Grant eligibility for students in prison.

    • 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...