Twenty-Five Year Report from the Vera Institute of Justice 1961-1986


Over the past twenty-five years Vera has combined direct action with sustained research to provide government with practical assistance. By staying with a problem until the effort yields workable solutions, by taking responsibility for field-testing the new approaches, by accepting the risk of failure which makes innovation difficult for public officials, and by insisting that the inevitable disappointments be analyzed and used to refine program design, a private agency can help bring about specific, practical changes for the better.


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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