Midterm Results Show Support for Reform Is Strong

Nick Turner Blog Midterm Elections 2018
I know many of us often feel overwhelmed by the task of doing the hard work of reform. But the tonic for that fear and sense of inadequacy is hope.
Nicholas Turner
President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice

I know many of us often feel overwhelmed by the task of doing the hard work of reform. But the tonic for that fear and sense of inadequacy is hope. And the act of exercising hope itself is a discipline. It is not just an abstraction, but a thing that we nurture, own, and put to work intentionally. We at Vera are committing ourselves to carrying out that discipline by exercising it daily, working across the country – with individuals, departments of corrections, local jurisdictions, communities, cities, and states – to enact change and safeguard our country’s most vulnerable residents.

Seventeen years after de Tocqueville said what he said, Fredrick Douglass said – at a time of even more profound crisis than today – “I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation, which must inevitably work the downfall of slavery. ‘The arm of the Lord is not shortened,’ and the doom of slavery is certain. I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope.”

Today, and every day, we’re keeping these words in mind. And we have hope. We know there is much work to be done, and we’re honored to be doing the necessary work of reform with each of you standing at our side.

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