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The Biden Administration Is Trying to Speed Up Deportations
President Biden has been in office for more than half a year, giving us greater…
Aug 03, 2021
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Three Advocates on the Lasting Legacy and Hopeful Future of the Criminal Justice Reform Movement
The Vera Institute of Justice recently welcomed three new members to its board…
Jul 08, 2021
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On Independence Day, Whose “Freedom” Do We Celebrate?
Independence Day is a celebration of “freedom.” A day filled with barbecues,…
Jul 02, 2021
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Fifty Years Ago Today, President Nixon Declared the War on Drugs
Fifty years after then-President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” the…
Jun 17, 2021
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The Chains of Slavery Still Exist in Mass Incarceration
Echoes of slavery—and the white supremacy that fueled it—continue to…
Jun 17, 2021
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"There Is No Other Like You": Remembering Herb Sturz
Just ten short days after we said goodbye to Michael E. Smith, Vera’s president…
Jun 11, 2021
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In Memoriam: Herb Sturz, A Modest Giant Among Advocates
Herb Sturz, a social justice legend who devoted his life to public service and…
Jun 11, 2021

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Four Ways the Pandemic Made Us Rethink Our Criminal Legal System
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the public health risks that overcrowded jails…
Jun 09, 2021
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The Vera Institute of Justice celebrates the life and mourns the death of Michael E. Smith.
Mr. Smith spent two decades of his professional life at Vera, serving as…
Jun 03, 2021
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What Happens When We Send Mental Health Providers Instead of Police
Police have become the default first responders for people experiencing mental…
May 27, 2021
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