The Human Toll of Jail

vera-institute-of-justiceNearly 12 million people are admitted to jails annually—almost 20 times the number of annual admissions to state and federal prisons—at great cost to themselves, their families and communities, and society at large. Presented by the Vera Institute of Justice with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, this series of articles comprises true stories about and by people who are or have been involved in the criminal justice system, as well as those who work on its front lines. Included in each article is information about and links to the research, policy analyses, and best practices that address the larger questions and issues.