resources from the vera institute of justice


70 Million has partnered with The Vera Institute of Justice to offer readers, explainers, and narratives to correspond with our episodes. Download the studies, use them in your classrooms, use the takeaways in local organizing projects--however they're useful.

resources by reform category: 




Racial Inequity: 

  • An Unjust Burden: The Disparate Treatment of Black Americans in the Criminal Justice System (Full Report)

Prosecution and Public Defense: 

Women and Jail:

  • Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform [Full Report]

Foster Care:

The Opioid Crisis and Criminal Justice:

  • David and Goliath: A Small City Police Department Takes Aim at a Monster Epidemic [Narrative]

  • A New Normal: Addressing Opioid Use Through The Criminal Justice System [Publication & Video]

  • Minimizing Harm: Public Health and Justice System Responses to Drug Use and the Opioid Crisis [Publication]


  • How Bail Works [Video]

  • Against the Odds: Experimenting with Alternative Forms of Bail in New York City’s Criminal Courts [Full Report]

  • Past Due: Examining the Costs and Consequences of Charging for Justice in New Orleans [Publication]

  • Bail, Fines, and Fees: How they Impact Poor Communities in New Orleans [Video]