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  • Karina Schroeder
    Karina Schroeder
January 15, 2019

Iowa Governor Proposes to Restore Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced today that she will propose a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights for people with felony conviction histories. The decision was formally announced during Reynolds’ Condition of the State address to the Iowa Le...

  • Byron Kline
    Byron Kline
December 21, 2018

(Returning) Home for the Holidays

More people are traveling these days for the holidays than ever before. For many, the trek home is a welcome occasion to reflect on the past year, make resolutions to live better lives, and celebrate with friends and family. But, for the 11.6 million me...

  • Christian Henrichson
    Christian Henrichson
  • Jacob  Kang-Brown
    Jacob Kang-Brown
December 13, 2018

Expanding our Knowledge on Local Incarceration Trends

Take a Look at Mass Incarceration in Your Own Backyard By Christian Henrichson

  • Rebecca Neusteter
    Rebecca Neusteter
  • Megan  O'Toole
    Megan O'Toole
December 07, 2018

Why a Michigan Law Enforcement Agency Employs Formerly Incarcerated People to Bridge the Police-Community Divide

A key goal of the Policing Program at Vera is to elevate innovative approaches to policing that employ alternatives to enforcement. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) in Michigan is doing just that in its community outreach program employing formerl...

  • Kindred Motes
    Kindred Motes
December 04, 2018

To Ensure a Bright Future for LGBTQ Germans, Germany Acknowledges its Dark Past

When he was 19, Sergei fled from his home country of Russia to France, and then went to Oxford University in Britain. It was at Oxford that Sergei fell in love with literature, and he followed that love back to Paris after completing his studies. There, he wor...

  • Kevin  Keenan
    Kevin Keenan
December 03, 2018

Vera Schweitzer – the Vera Institute’s Worthy Namesake

“Events of stupendous magnitude have happened during these past 35 years. Fortunes have been lost and won; our dear ones have prematurely departed from us; our individual happiness has been subjected to trying ordeals. Yet somehow we carry on. And we carry on ...

  • Shyquinn Dix
    Shyquinn Dix
November 23, 2018

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

Dream Chasers

Shyquinn is a basketball player at the University of Maine in Presque Isle, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in sociology. He is also a former mentee at the TRUE unit in the Cheshire Correctional Institution in Connecticut.

  • William Snowden
    William Snowden
November 20, 2018

Unanimous Juries Bring 21st Century Justice to Louisiana

It is a new day in Louisiana. We have ceremoniously buried another vestige of Jim Crow, removing his 120-year-old perch from the jury boxes of our criminal courthouses throughout the state. On November 6, 2018, Louisiana became the 49th state to require unani...

  • Kevin  Keenan
    Kevin Keenan
  • Karina Schroeder
    Karina Schroeder
November 02, 2018

Jurisdictions Should Embrace Voting Rights for All Americans—Including Those Who Are Incarcerated

This November, an estimated 6.1 million Americans will be unable to vote due to their involvement with the criminal justice system. But a person and a voting machine are not constitutionally deactivated when placed behind bars—and Americans who are incarcera...

  • Karina Schroeder
    Karina Schroeder
  • Kevin  Keenan
    Kevin Keenan
November 01, 2018

States Continue to Make Progress on Restoring Voting Rights for People with Conviction Histories

Update November 6, 2018: Florida Amendment 4 passed with 64 percent approval from Florida voters.

  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan
  • Kindred Motes
    Kindred Motes
October 17, 2018

“I Thank God I’m Not in an American Prison”

Robert, Calvin, and Yusef are three young men with hobbies and interests similar to most American teenage boys in high school and early college – Calvin loves listening to music, Robert enjoys watching the New England Patriots play football, and Yusef works ou...

  • Kindred Motes
    Kindred Motes
October 14, 2018

Reimagining American Prisons Isn’t a Pipedream

Last week, at a convening of criminal justice experts, academics, advocates, and reformers, a simulcast discussion between a group of incarcerated people and corrections officers in Connecticut and a live audience in New York brought the voices of people who a...