A Short History of Vera’s Work on the Judicial Process


Since its founding in 1961, the Vera Institute of Justice has designed innovations that allow courts to work more efficiently while paying greater attention to individual victims, witnesses, jurors, and defendants. Through research and demonstration projects, Vera has helped judges, prosecutors, defenders, and administrators improve the adjudication of cases from before their first hearings through their final dispositions. This brief history chronicles Vera's work in this area while highlighting key findings and results. It also includes a timeline of Vera projects and a bibliography.


Compassion, Not Confinement

How States and Localities Can Help Ensure Humane Housing for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Awaiting Family Reunification

In the first five months of 2021, about 65,000 children were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after arriving in the United States unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian. These children come to the United States seeking protection, stability, and a chance to reunite with their families, but are instead processed at federa ...

  • Shaina Aber, Lauren Esterle, Derek Loh
June 16, 2021