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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
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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Why Punishing People in Jail and Prison Isn’t Working
When politicians sought to convince voters in Jefferson Davis Parish,…
Oct 24, 2023
Prisons and Jails are Violent; They Don’t Have to Be
Jails and prisons, often overcrowded and understaffed, are frequently…
Oct 18, 2023
The United States Criminalizes People Who Need Health Care and Housing
Gaping holes in the social safety net and health care systems leave many…
Oct 17, 2023
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