Reimagine Justice Vera Institute Eleventh Annual Gala
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, justice reform leaders and supporters joined the Vera Institute of Justice for Vera’s 11th Annual Gala, Reimagine Justice.
Honorees discussed approaches to criminal justice reform and the future of the movement in a very different federal climate. Samuel David Flores Murillo, a client of Vera’s recently expanded New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), gave a moving speech about the need for increased support for immigrant families and communities.
Universal Representation for Immigrants Facing Deportation
The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) and the California Coalition for Universal Representation (CCUR) seek to ensure that no detained immigrant will face deportation without legal representation. Building on the work of these projects, in 2017, Vera and local leaders launched the SAFE (Safety and Fairness for Everyone) Cities Networ...
Segregation—also known as solitary confinement and restrictive housing—is a growing safety and human rights concern across the country. Originally implemented to deal with people committing violence within prisons, segregation is now relied on heavily to manage challenging populations, house vulnerable people, and punish people for all levels of in...
Young Adult Justice in Connecticut
Transforming conditions of confinement for young adults
Young people ages 18 to 24 make up 10 percent of the U.S. population but comprise 21 percent of people admitted into adult prison every year. Neuroscience shows that young adults in this age group are still developing in important ways. When mistakes they make lead to prison, we should ensure they are housed safely and that they’re given the tools ...