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The Incarceration Trends project features an new interactive data tool—available at trends.vera.org—that collates and analyzes publically available, but disparately located, data about incarceration. This tool can be used for reference and measurement by justice system stakeholders and others looking to understand how their jail is being used, how it compares with others, and spot problem areas—such as excessive growth or racial or ethnic disparities. As part of the project, Vera also published a report summarizing the major findings of a historical analysis, using the tool, of American jails.



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Proposal for a demonstration project to provide employment and related supportive services for selected persons arrested but not yet tried in the Borough of Manhattan. The project hopes to demonstrate that early diversion from the criminal process to employment and/or job training will combat recidivism; reduce court backlogs; reduce expenditures for prosecution, trial and incarceration; increase the supply of skilled labor; and provide a tax-paying, trained asset to the community in the form of a law-abiding employee, rather than a liability in the form of a prisoner.


This report discusses a six-month experiment begun in April 1967 to test the possibility of increasing the objectivity of the record of what happens at interrogations following arrests for serious crimes.


In this 1967 essay, Herb Sturz, Vera Director discusses Vera's concerns and activities, its pilot-project approach to problems, with an emphasis on New York City. The contents are substantively equivalent to VR#1014: Testimony of Herb Sturz before the Ribicoff Committee, Federal Role in Urban Affairs Hearing.


This is the December 1966 statement by Vera Director Herb Sturz in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization for a hearing on the Federal Role in Urban Affairs. The content of the testimony is equivalent to Mr. Sturz publication "Experiments in the Criminal Justice System" (February 1967)


The Manhattan Bail Project was Vera’s first initiative and showed that many people accused of committing a crime can be relied on to appear in court and do not have to post bail or be held until trial.

Read the transcripts from arraignment hearings at which New York City judges considered the recommendations Vera made in the early days of the Manhattan Bail Project.


In this 1960s report, Vera staff examined the Cincinnati Police Division's practices for processing and serving criminal and traffic warrants to determine whether or not changes in procedure could result in a more effective and efficient operation.


In this podcast, Vera senior program associate, Rodolfo Estrada, and Youth Justice Board members discuss resources for immigrant parents whose children have come in contact with the law.

In this podcast, Vera senior program associate, Rodolfo Estrada, and Youth Justice Board members discuss resources for immigrant parents whose children have come in contact with the law.