A Short History of Vera’s Work on the Judicial Process


Since its founding in 1961, the Vera Institute of Justice has designed innovations that allow courts to work more efficiently while paying greater attention to individual victims, witnesses, jurors, and defendants. Through research and demonstration projects, Vera has helped judges, prosecutors, defenders, and administrators improve the adjudication of cases from before their first hearings through their final dispositions. This brief history chronicles Vera's work in this area while highlighting key findings and results. It also includes a timeline of Vera projects and a bibliography.


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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021

Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) researchers collected data on the number of people in local jails and state and federal prisons throughout 2020 and into spring 2021. Vera researchers estimated the incarcerated population using a sample of approximately 1,600 jail jurisdictions, 50 states, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service (U ...

  • Jacob Kang-Brown, Chase Montagnet, Jasmine Heiss
June 07, 2021