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This Youth Justice Action Month, a Focus on Treating All Kids in the Criminal Justice System as Kids

Over the past 15 years, the number of children locked up each year in the United States has been cut in half.  According to a new analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts, between 2006 and 2015, the share of adjudicated youth in residential facilities declined from 201 per 100,000 juveniles to 100 per 100,000. Through the efforts of community advoca...

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  • Krista Larson
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  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan
October 13, 2017
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  • Rebecca  Neusteter
    Rebecca Neusteter
October 16, 2017

Stronger Together: Vera’s Policing Program Works to Bridge the Divide between Police and Community

The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) has a longstanding history of collaboratively working to improve policing practices, policies, and police-community relations.  Since pioneering several early innovations in American policing, including one of the first com...

  • Corinna Yazbek
    Corinna Yazbek
October 09, 2017

Using Diversion to Leverage Justice System Reform

In New Orleans, people arrested for prostitution should have the opportunity to be diverted.  Until recently, however, most were arrested and charged with state misdemeanor or felony prostitution, making them unable to access social services and other assistan...

  • John  Bae
    John Bae
September 29, 2017

Developing Reentry Programs

Access to safe and affordable housing is a human right.  It provides a foundation for everyday tasks such as employment, offers a place to spend time with family, and can offer a place of sanctuary and reprieve. However, this right is often not afforded to for...

  • Léon  Digard
    Léon Digard
August 15, 2017

Video Visits in Prisons Enhance Connections, But at a Cost

It’s easy to take for granted the million ways in which technology makes our lives easier.  Many of us can access and share information at lightning speeds and talk with family and friends across the globe at a moment’s notice—a fact that almost feels unremark...

  • Vedan  Anthony-North
    Vedan Anthony-North
  • Leah  Pope
    Leah Pope
August 11, 2017

New White House Report Outlines Recommendations to Stem the Tide of Drug Overdose Deaths

Last week, the president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released an interim report outlining a series of preliminary recommendations that are intended to stem the tide of the growing public health crisis around drug overdose dea...

  • Vidhya Ananthakrishnan
    Vidhya Ananthakrishnan
August 08, 2017

Closing the Courthouse Door to Kids Who Misbehave

Every day in this country, kids are arrested and locked up for behaviors like running away and skipping school (also referred to as “status offenses”).  Unless their family has been personally affected, most people outside the youth justice field don’t even kn...

  • Ashley Brompton
    Ashley Brompton
  • Vedan  Anthony-North
    Vedan Anthony-North
July 17, 2017

ACA Cuts Would Endanger Justice-Involved People with Disabilities, Behavioral Health Needs

In 2010, aiming to provide affordable and comprehensive healthcare to people who otherwise would not have access to essential services, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. But in an effort to “repeal and replace” the ACA, federal lawmakers are c...

  • Insha Rahman
    Insha Rahman
July 13, 2017

Politics, Ambition, and the Hard Work of Making the Closure of Rikers Island a Reality

Last month, Mayor de Blasio released “Smaller, Safer, Fairer: A Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island,” a report that laid out several concrete steps on the path to closure of the ten jails on the Island. In the preface to the report, the mayor acknowledged that th...

  • Anne  McDonough
    Anne McDonough
June 30, 2017

Helping People with Prior Convictions Access NYC Public Housing

Finding housing is hard for people with conviction histories, especially in public housing. Most housing authorities in the country have policies that temporarily or permanently bar people with conviction histories, even though studies have shown that when peo...

  • Michael (T.R.U.E. mentor)
June 23, 2017

Series: Dispatches from T.R.U.E.

My Old Friends

This post was written by Michael, a mentor in the T.R.U.E. unit at Cheshire Correctional Institution. T.R.U.E unit mentors are people serving life without parole sentences at the Connecticut Department of Corrections. Through a competitive application process,...

  • Joel  Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP
    Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP
June 22, 2017

Series: Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Mental Health Units as Alternatives to Segregation

“For [the already mentally ill], placing them in [segregation] is the mental equivalent of putting an asthmatic in a place with little air to breathe.” —Federal District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, Madrid v Gomez, 1995 Since Madrid v Gomez in 1995, the plac...

  • Scarlet Neath
    Scarlet Neath
June 16, 2017

Understanding Jail Growth in Rural America

National public discourse has turned to the problem of mass incarceration in recent years, and certain places tend to capture most of the headlines, bubbling up to the forefront: overcrowded state prison systems, private facilities run by profit-seeking corpor...