Vera opened its office in Washington, DC in 2005 to serve as headquarters for the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons. Since June 2006, when the Commission published its report Confronting Confinement, Vera’s Washington DC Office has expanded its mission.

It now provides broad-based support to advance Vera’s mission to drive change in the justice system, and to leverage the bipartisan support currently in evidence at the federal policy level. It also serves as the conduit between the  research, technical assistance, and expertise of Vera’s Centers and Programs, and its DC-based partners and collaborators, including Congress, federal agencies, and criminal justice and other policy organizations. The DC Office also houses a number of research and policy staff working on a variety of Vera programs.

Related Work

Michael Jacobson Testimony on Reassessing Solitary Confinement to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, June 19, 2012

Vera Institute of Justice Director Michael Jacobson submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on the occasion of its first-ever hearing on solitary confinement, in which he describes the work of Vera’s Segregation Reduction Project (SRP). Launched in 20...

  • Michael Jacobson
June 19, 2012