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Vera Institute of Justice

Added Mar 2, 2009

233 Broadway
12th Floor
New York, NY 10279

Phone (212) 334-1300

The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. The mission of Vera’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) is to promote the well-being and safety of youth, families, and communities by working with government to make juvenile justice systems equitable and humane in policy and practice.

Partners and clients

Vera and CYJ have worked with state and local juvenile justice policymakers and practitioners as well as school districts, court systems, child welfare agencies, and other youth-serving institutions across the country.

Strategies and services

CYJ combines research, planning and technical assistance with substantive expertise in juvenile justice to inform and facilitate the work of policymakers and practitioners nationwide.

Areas of expertise

To improve the quality of juvenile justice and make systems more equitable and humane in policy and practice, CYJ focuses on: Increasing data-driven decision-making and reducing bias in juvenile justice systems; expanding the use of community-based interventions that strengthen ties between youth, families, schools, and communities; diverting youth who may be more effectively and safely served by their communities or other systems from juvenile justice systems; and advancing the national discourse in youth justice through research and innovation.