The Manhattan Court Employment Project of the Vera Institute of Justice Final Report: November 1967 - December 31, 1970


This is the final report of Vera's Manhattan Court Employment (MCEP), an experimental attempt to intervene in the usual court process just after a defendant's arrest ("pretrial diversion"). It offered defendants counseling and job opportunities and, if the defendant cooperated and showed promise of permanent change, recommended that the prosecutor and the judge dismiss the charges against him without ever deciding whether he was guilty. Thus, the MCEP attempted to convert a participant's arrest from a losing to a winning experience.