Nick Turner joined Vera Institute of Justice as its fifth president and director in August 2013 and the first person of color (Filipino/African-America) to occupy the role. Under his leadership, Vera has committed itself to ending overcriminalization and mass incarceration in the United States. Vera works to shrink jails and prisons, elevate restoration and a commitment to human dignity, and redefine how public safety is delivered.
Recent initiatives include a successful campaign to eliminate the ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated students, the creation of a multi-city network committed to provide representation to immigrants facing deportation, a multi-city effort with prosecutors to reduce racial disparities, and a network focused on ending the incarceration of girls.
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