Vera’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) works with policymakers and practitioners who want juvenile justice to be rooted in the community, more effective, and smaller in scale, touching the lives of fewer children.

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Cultivating Change

How the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the Restoring Promise Initiative Are Transforming Incarceration for Young Men

Traditional criminal justice responses have fallen short on meeting the needs of young adults involved in the justice system. Across the country, policymakers are starting to address the legacy of unbalanced policies and practices that have resulted in the uniquely American phenomenon of 2.2 million people being incarcerated—a legacy that dispropor ...

Publication
  • Alex Frank, Matthew Lowen, Kevin Maccioli, Shawn MacMaster, Selma Djokovic
March 05, 2019
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Series: Dispatches from T.R.U.E.

Dream Chasers

Former TRUE mentee reflects on life behind and beyond bars

I’ve never seen a correctional officer who loved coming to work and interacting with incarcerated people. That’s different—I don’t care what anybody says. That alone speaks volumes about his character; In general population, it always seemed dull and full of bad energy. A lot of the times the officers came off miserable and took their frustrations ...

Blog Post
  • Shyquinn Dix
    Shyquinn Dix
November 23, 2018
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