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Why Decarceration Still Eludes Prison Reformers

Local jails have become critical drivers for the growth in U.S. prison populations, says a study released Thursday by the Vera Institute of Justice. Reversing that trend is now one of the nation’s biggest challenges, say the study authors.

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America’s Expensive Prisons

Does shrinking the size of prison populations save taxpayers money? Not always, says a study released May 23 by the Vera Institute of Justice. The study found that 25 states increased their spending on prisons even though the nation’s overall prison population has declined.

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Alone and New to the U.S.

Young immigrants who enter the U.S. unaccompanied are particularly vulnerable, and struggle to access a variety of services, a study by the Vera Institute of Justice found. Researchers interviewed youth who entered the U.S. unaccompanied and found their way to New York City. They found that both unaccompanied youth and service providers lacked information about how to handle a variety of obstacles related to social services and civic services for the youth. “Although legal service providers who participated in the […]

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‘Warehouses’ for Those with Mental Health Problems

American jails have become warehouses for poor people with mental health problems, according to a new report from the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice. The report finds that nearly 75 percent of those in jail are charged with nonviolent crime. Three out of five have not been convicted of any crime, but “are simply too poor to post even low bail to get out while their cases are being processed.” “Among the many disadvantaged people in jails, the largest group […]