Portfolio of Demonstration Projects, Research, and Technical Assistance Semi-Annual Report (January 1995)


This portfolio details Vera's work in the last six months of 1994. During this period Vera build a crime mapping tool for the NYPD, began examinining the impact of the nation's extraordinarily high level of incarceration on the communities from which the prisoners come from and return to, and launched a New York County project analyzing new ways that lawyers are assigned to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases. Portfolio subjects include the Neighborhood Work and Vocational Development projects, Job Path, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, Project Development and Exploratory Research, Community Policing, Sentencing Reform, and Courts and the Adversary System.


Representation Matters

No Child Should Appear in Immigration Proceedings Alone

Each year, thousands of immigrant children are placed into court proceedings in which government prosecutors seek to deport them unless those children can prove they have a right to stay in the United States. Many face these immigration proceedings alone. Many children have legal options that establish their ability to remain in the United States, ...

  • Alyssa Snider, Becca DiBennardo
December 23, 2021
Photo by Alex Burness/The Colorado Independent.

Bans on Holiday Cards and $30 Phone Calls—the Isolation of Prison

The way the United States separates people who are incarcerated from loved ones has always been harsh, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made an already stressful situation worse. Since the pandemic began nearly two years ago, many of the nearly two million people incarcerated haven’t seen their loved ones—not even on a video call. And speaking w ...

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  • Nazish Dholakia
    Nazish Dholakia
December 21, 2021
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