By Evan Mintz
The Vera Institute of Justice and the MILPA Collective announced recently an expansion of Restoring Promise, a program that aims to shine a light on our nation’s jails and prisons and change them for the better. Three new states — North Dakota, Colorado, and Idaho — are being added to reform efforts already underway in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. Restoring Promise is supported in part by a $7 million grant from Arnold Ventures to the Vera Institute. The program transforms the U.S. criminal justice system by centering human dignity as a core value in correctional facilities. Accountability, healing and racial equity replace a model rooted in punishment. Families and communities are made partners in the process rather than kept in isolation.