Vera Snapshot 2015


Vera’s mission is to be a change agent working alongside government and other leaders on the frontlines of justice to help build and improve systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. What follows are nine other ways in which we worked to seize this opportunity—and seed further opportunities going forward—with a focus on our core priorities: reducing mass incarceration by stopping the overuse of local jails; improving conditions for people living in our prisons and jails; and, in a soon-to-be majority-minority nation, improving trust in the justice system, particularly between law enforcement and the communities they serve.


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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