Who We Are

The Vera Institute of Justice is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice with offices located in New York, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Vera’s work 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. Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program conducts research and provides technical assistance to help public officials and community organizations develop empirically driven responses to the substance use and mental health needs of people involved in justice systems.