For those interested in criminal justice policy and research, Vera Institute of Justice, "an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice," consistently offers forums, blogs, podcasts and events featuring criminal justice experts from around the world. Go here to download Michael Jacobson's testimony before the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board. Jacobson is the President and Director of Vera Institute of Justice and former New York City Correction Commissioner.
Go here for information regarding Jacobson's upcoming presentation at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, DC. His presentation, “Reforming New Orleans’ Criminal Justice System: The Role of Data and Research,” scheduled for September 5, 2012, will focus on the criminal justice system in New Orleans, post-Hurricane Katrina:
With its criminal justice system in disarray following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans invited Vera to examine the city’s court and jail operations. Jacobson will discuss the successes and challenges of Vera's work with the city, and how costs and other factors will test reform efforts in the years to come.