Inmate Attitudes Toward Temporary Release Selection


This 1977 report, part of Vera's Temporary Release Project, examined inmates' attitudes towards how prisoners were selected for temporary release. Under the pre-existing system, few explicit criteria existed for access to the program, and so inmates considered temporary release selection to be arbitrary and unfair, leading to increased frustration and tension within the facilities. To address this, Vera developed a point system for the program, a manual and videotape explaining the system, and a temporary release interview is given to each applicant of the program. The report also examines the response of prisoners to the new system.


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