Vera's Center on Sentencing and Corrections (CSC) works to drive change in the criminal justice system through research, practice innovation, testing new ideas and policy development assistance to criminal justice practitioners at the local, state, and national level. The Center’s work focuses on developing and supporting balanced, fair and humane sentencing and corrections policies to reduce the overall use of incarceration; to transform the in-custody experience into one that can improve the lives of those incarcerated so that they return home to support their families and communities; and to ensure that prisons and jails are safe for those incarcerated and as well as those who work there. Most recently, CSC has embarked on Reimagining Prison, an ambitious 18-month initiative that aims to drive a national conversation on the purpose of incarceration and arrive at a truly transformative vision for jails and prison in an America that uses these institutions dramatically less than we currently do.
Using Video Technology to Treat Substance Users on Probation and Parole in South Dakota
Bridging the Divide
Improving Parole Outcomes for Native Americans in South Dakota
Confronting Race and Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Obama pushes to end solitary confinement; states lead the way
Reforming the Use of Solitary Confinement: A Conversation
Overlooked: Women in Jails
Interview with Elizabeth Swavola
Women in jail are the fastest growing correctional population in the country—increasing 14-fold between 1970 and 2014. Yet there is surprisingly little research on why so many more women wind up in jail today. To learn more, read the report and see what's happening in your community using the Incarceration Trends data tool.
Series: Gender and Justice in America
Mass incarceration and its impact are devastating to women
9to5, National Association of Working Women—of which I am the Georgia chapter director—understands the devastating impact mass incarceration has on women. The rate of growth for female imprisonment has outpaced men by more than 50 percent between 1980 and 2014. Now there are more than 1 million women behind bars or under some form of correctional...
Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform
Opening Doors to Public Housing
Expanding Access for People with Conviction Histories
Observations from Rikers: A German’s first visit to the island
This blog post reflects the author's own opinion and is not an official statement.
Series: Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails
Gardner Fellow Danny Murillo on life after solitary
Regardless of how much time and space I put in between myself and the Security Housing Unit (SHU) in Pelican Bay State Prison, the effects of isolation will always linger. My spirit resists, resiliently, the social pathologies known to “develop in prisoners who struggle to adapt to the rigors” of isolation. The symptoms I cannot resist seem to stem...