Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
I recently asked a friend to tell me the first thing that came to mind when he thought of the word victim. My friend is in higher education and works on diversity issues day in and day out. He was surprised and horrified, albeit rightfully so, when he looked at me and said with trepidation, “a white woman."
The Crime Report
The grand jury decisions regarding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have awakened an essential national conversation about long-standing inequities in our legal system and the role of law enforcement in communities of color in particular.
NEW YORK – As grand jury decisions regarding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner spur the national conversation about inequities in our legal system and the role of law enforcement in communities of color in particular, the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) has published a new issue brief that provides a relevant, yet largely ignored, context to the discussion by asking what happens to the young men of color who survive violence and trauma.
A generation ago, amid great fanfare, President Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The Act provided federal dollars to states that built more prisons, tightened drug law enforcement, and increased the severity and length of prison sentences.