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Vera @45 Building on a Legacy of Innovation

This video, produced to commemorate Vera's 45th anniversary, highlights the many ways Vera has worked over the years in partnership with leaders in government and civil society to make the systems people rely on for justice and safety fairer and more effective. Featured projects and programs include the Guardianship Project, Adolescent Portable Therapy, the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program and the Accessing Safety Initiative.

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Can We Learn From Our Past?

The Holocaust forced Germany to fundamentally change how it incarcerates people. In America, slavery morphed into mass incarceration.

The 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime—a loophole that has continued the wide-scale persecution of black and brown people through the criminal justice system. The result is a U.S. prison system designed to warehouse and dehumanize people. From the length of sentences ...

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  • Alex Frank
    Alex Frank
September 14, 2018
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Finding housing is hard—but for people leaving prison and jail, it’s almost impossible

We need to open doors for people reentering society, not shut them.

In recent years, however, there has been growing momentum to ease restrictions around housing for formerly incarcerated individuals. In 2017, Vera launched the Opening Doors to Public Housing initiative to expand access to housing for people with conviction histories. Now, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistan...

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  • Jack W. Duran
    Jack W. Duran
August 30, 2018
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Opening Doors

Safely Increasing Access to Public Housing for People with Conviction Histories

For more than 600,000 people leaving prison and the nearly 11 million cycling through jails annually, research shows that safe, affordable housing is essential for them to succeed after they are released. While all public housing authorities (PHAs) must, by law, place lifetime exclusions on people who are lifetime-registered sex offenders or who ha...

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  • Brian Walsh, Jessica Jensen
August 30, 2018
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