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On Independence Day, Whose “Freedom” Do We Celebrate?
Independence Day is a celebration of “freedom.” A day filled with barbecues,…
Jul 02, 2021
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Fifty Years Ago Today, President Nixon Declared the War on Drugs
Fifty years after then-President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” the…
Jun 17, 2021
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The Chains of Slavery Still Exist in Mass Incarceration
Echoes of slavery—and the white supremacy that fueled it—continue to…
Jun 17, 2021
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"There Is No Other Like You": Remembering Herb Sturz
Just ten short days after we said goodbye to Michael E. Smith, Vera’s president…
Jun 11, 2021
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In Memoriam: Herb Sturz, A Modest Giant Among Advocates
Herb Sturz, a social justice legend who devoted his life to public service and…
Jun 11, 2021
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Four Ways the Pandemic Made Us Rethink Our Criminal Legal System
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the public health risks that overcrowded jails…
Jun 09, 2021
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The Vera Institute of Justice celebrates the life and mourns the death of Michael E. Smith.
Mr. Smith spent two decades of his professional life at Vera, serving as…
Jun 03, 2021

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What Happens When We Send Mental Health Providers Instead of Police
Police have become the default first responders for people experiencing mental…
May 27, 2021
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What Has Changed since George Floyd's Death?
The year following George Floyd’s murder unearthed a lot of pain. That much is…
May 24, 2021
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Women with Lived Experience in the Criminal Legal System Must Lead the Way
Women represent the fastest growing segment of our prison population and are…
May 21, 2021
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