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The Choice is Yours (TCY) is a felony diversion program in Philadelphia that channels young people arrested for drug possession with intent to distribute away from jail and into education and job training services. Nigel Bowe, program director, discusses how TCY mentors young adults who have grown up distrusting the criminal justice system.
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The Vera Institute of Justice is a justice reform change agent. Vera produces ideas, analysis, and research that inspire change in the systems people rely upon for safety and justice, and works in close partnership with government and civic leaders to implement it. Vera is currently pursuing core priorities around ending the misuse of jails, transforming conditions of confinement, and ensuring that justice systems more effectively serve America's diverse communities.