The Vera Institute of Justice

A nonprofit organization working as a criminal justice reform change agent through research, policy, practice, and public debate.

The Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit organization founded in 1961, is a criminal justice reform change agent. Vera creates the energy and momentum for change by communicating its research and policy analysis, and drives change on the ground by working with government and civic leaders. Vera is currently pursuing core priorities of ending the misuse of jails, transforming conditions of confinement, and ensuring that justice systems more effectively serve America's growing minority communities. Learn more at