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.

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Nicholas Turner Testimony on Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans

Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety, to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Written testimony of Nicholas Turner, president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice, on law enforcement responses to individuals with disabilities and the potential for new approaches, submitted on April 29, 2014 to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. Addre...

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  • Nicholas Turner
April 29, 2014
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Nicholas Turner Testimony on Reassessing Solitary Confinement II

The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences, to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, February 25, 2014

Written testimony of Nicholas Turner, president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice, on the human rights, fiscal, and public safety consequences of segregation (also known as solitary confinement or restricted housing) in prisons, jails, and detention centers throughout the United States submitted on February 25, 2014 to the United States...

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  • Nicholas Turner
February 25, 2014
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Michael Jacobson Testimony

National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board Public Hearing, Aug. 22, 2012

Michael Jacobson, president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice, reported on Vera’s evidence-based research into the effectiveness and efficiency of existing corrections policies. He described findings from a number of studies, the use of cost-benefit analysis as a tool for assessing and reforming policy, and results of Vera-designed init...

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  • Michael Jacobson
August 21, 2012
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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...

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  • Michael Jacobson
June 19, 2012
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