VERA

Institute of Justice

  • Photograph Courtesy of Vera Institute of Justice
  • Photograph Courtesy of Vera Institute of Justice
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The Vera Institute of Justice was founded in 1961 by Louis Schweitzer and Herb Sturz. They sought to address the issue of unpayable bail, which was entrapping people jailed in New York City while awaiting trial. Over five decades later, Vera oversees justice system reform projects in nearly every U.S. state. In order to carry out its mission of building and improving the American criminal justice system, Vera focuses its efforts on addressing issues such as mass incarceration, racial disparities in the justice system, loss of public trust in law enforcement, and the unmet needs of marginalized people and communities. To broaden public attention to its mission of building a better justice system, Vera Institute collaborated with Seymour Chwast to produce a poster for the AMPL!FY project. The project’s focus is on addressing the continuing issue that inspired Vera’s founding: mass incarceration and unfair bail systems.