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How the U.S. Criminalizes Homelessness
In the decade that Luke White has been homeless, he’s received numerous tickets…
Dec 17, 2021
What 60 Years of Fighting for Justice Looks Like
Herb Sturz, co-founder of Vera Institute of Justice, was fighting to close…
Dec 13, 2021
How Cities Have Reduced Gun Violence—And Saved Millions
These not-so-new strategies to reduce gun violence are finally getting…
Dec 02, 2021
Why We Say “Criminal Legal System,” Not “Criminal Justice System”
Lawmakers and media often speak of the “criminal justice system” or of…
Dec 01, 2021
This Is What Happened When a Kentucky County Closed Its Jail
On April 20, 2021, the Lewis County Fiscal Court—the county’s governing…
Oct 28, 2021
End Police Stops for Minor Infractions
Sandra Bland was pulled over because a police officer said she failed to signal…
Oct 04, 2021
This Teacher Says Incarcerated People Are “The Best Students You’ll Ever Encounter”
Thomas Anderson remembers when Coppin State University (CSU) began offering…
Sep 23, 2021

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Daniela Gilbert Knows Community Is Central to Addressing Gun Violence
Daniela Gilbert is the director of Vera’s Redefining Public Safety program.
Sep 17, 2021
I’ve Been Targeted by Police. True Public Safety Means Ending Unnecessary Police Stops.
The first time I was picked up, I was 11 years old and in the wrong…
Sep 10, 2021
Community Violence Interventions—Not More Police—Are the Future of Public Safety
CVI programs safely and effectively reduce violence without relying on more…
Sep 01, 2021
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