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Target 2020

Justice Solutions for a New Decade

The 2020 election cycle offers a unique inroad to achieve monumental justice reform policy. Now more than ever, voters around the country and across the political spectrum recognize that gross inequities and failed policies are significant features of the American criminal-legal system. They want to see meaningful policy proposals that tackle and remedy those problems. Rather than incremental steps, we need a bold approach: ideas for reform should move us toward decarceration; address and dismantle the harm done by the War on Drugs/tough-on-crime era, especially for communities of color; center the voices of justice-involved individuals; and be rooted in human dignity.

At the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), we are committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities. That is why Vera has created this blog series: to share the solutions & policy recommendations that we believe will provide fundamental change to a variety of issue areas, such as expanding access to counsel, creating alternatives to money bail, transforming conditions of confinement, and much more.

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  • Melissa Garlick
    Melissa Garlick
  • Annie Chen
    Annie Chen
October 29, 2020

Series: Target 2020

The Tipping Point for Universal Representation for Immigrants

  • Margaret diZerega
    Margaret diZerega
September 29, 2020

Series: Target 2020

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

  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
September 22, 2020

Series: Target 2020

Justice is on the Ballot

  • Micah  Haskell-Hoehl
    Micah Haskell-Hoehl
  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
September 02, 2020

Series: Covid-19

Policymakers Must Lift the Veil on COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons

  • Margaret diZerega
    Margaret diZerega
  • George Chochos
    George Chochos
July 14, 2020

Series: Target 2020

Postsecondary Education in Prison is a Racial Equity Strategy

  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
  • Micah  Haskell-Hoehl
    Micah Haskell-Hoehl
July 07, 2020

Series: Target 2020

Data-Backed Outrage: Police Violence by the Numbers

  • Hayne Yoon
    Hayne Yoon
  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
June 17, 2020

Series: Target 2020

The Party Platforms Must Address the Urgent Need to Transform American Criminal Justice

  • Christian Henrichson
    Christian Henrichson
  • Oliver Hinds
    Oliver Hinds
April 08, 2020

Series: Covid-19

Use this Data to Hold Your Local Jail Accountable During the Pandemic

  • Jacob  Kang-Brown
    Jacob Kang-Brown
  • Jasmine Heiss
    Jasmine Heiss
April 01, 2020

Series: Covid-19

COVID-19 Imperils People in Rural Jails

  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
March 23, 2020

Series: Target 2020

Responding to COVID-19: Focusing on People in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Systems

  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
January 27, 2020

Series: Target 2020

Getting Rid of Private Prisons Isn’t Enough

As the field of presidential nominees narrows, the candidates have been honing their policy recommendations. Across most issues, we’re seeing the shift from high-level talking points to more detailed, tangible ideas.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
November 25, 2019

Series: Target 2020

A Monumental Missed Opportunity for Criminal Justice