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One-Year Anniversary of Confronting Confinement July 25, 2007

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One year ago, members of Vera’s Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Corrections and Rehabilitation on our then-newly published report, Confronting Confinement.

This June, on the first anniversary of that Senate hearing, Senators Richard Durbin and Tom Coburn, M.D., sent a letter to their colleagues urging them to re-read our report, saying, “the information and recommendations of the Commission are no less relevant than at their release.” You can read their entire letter here.

Today, the Commission is continuing to assist government leaders, corrections administrators, and advocates in taking steps to improve the lives of those who work and live in correctional facilities across the nation.

Here are some highlights of recent developments:

What was true last year remains true today: what happens in jail and prison doesn’t stay there. It is in the interest of everyone’s safety and health—not only those who work in prisons, but also those who are sent to prison and the communities they return to upon release—that we continue to present these important issues and recommendations to decision makers in Washington, DC, and around the country.

Thank you for your support—past, present, and future—which helps to make this possible.


Alexander Busansky
Executive Director, Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons
Director, Washington DC Office, Vera Institute of Justice

Confronting Confinement is available at the Commission’s web site, www.prisoncommission.org.



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