Vera Institute of Justice was initially the initiative by Louis Schweitzer and Herb Stutz known as the Manhattan Bail Project found in 1961 and tackling the injustice of a bail system in New York City. Today, Vera Institute of Justice is working on more than five dozen projects that aim to unravel the impediments to human dignity and justice, while changing the lives of individuals. More than half a century after the Manhattan Bail Project, Vera embraces new tools—like the power of mining big data to unearth injustice, the potential of competitions to seek out the most motivated leaders, and the importance of communications to engage with our ideas. Vera's mission is to urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. It works in partnership with local, state, and national government officials to create change from within.