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Video Visits for Families of People in Jail and Prison Should Be Free
When Jennifer Love was in prison, talking to loved ones was a lifeline. “It…
Jan 09, 2024
Eight Ways You Can Advance Justice Reform in 2024
The total jail and prison population in the United States has declined 21…
Jan 04, 2024
2024 Is the Year to Keep Shrinking Mass Incarceration
People born in 2001 turned 22 this year—an age at which life is full of…
Dec 21, 2023
Cities Embrace Civilian-Led Public Safety Solutions
Mariela Ruiz-Angel leads the third—and newest—public safety department in…
Dec 12, 2023
What It’s Like Watching My Friends Die in Prison
I work in hospice at a maximum-security prison. The question I get the most…
Dec 07, 2023
Impact Over Orthodoxy
At the Vera Institute of Justice, we drive policy change to advance safety and…
Dec 06, 2023
How “Collateral Consequences” Keep People Trapped in the Legal System
During a search of Penelope Harris’s Bronx apartment in 2010, police found 10…
Nov 29, 2023

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Sweet Potatoes Magee: Thanksgiving in Prison with a Service Dog in Training
Magee says it’s not Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes, and I agree. Magee…
Nov 20, 2023
Elections are Warped by Prison Gerrymandering Year After Year
When voters across the United States go to the polls, they believe their…
Nov 06, 2023
Coming Home after Nearly Three Years in Jail
Readjusting to life on the outside should be simple. It should be easy and…
Nov 01, 2023
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