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Criminal Justice

LJAF’s Criminal Justice initiative aims to reduce crime, increase public safety, and ensure the criminal justice system operates as fairly and cost-effectively as possible.

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Education

LJAF’s investments in K-12 education seek to advance the portfolio model of school governance, an alternative structure that promotes a decentralized administration, more school choice for families, and increased flexibility and accountability for educators.

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Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation

LJAF supports initiatives that encourage governments and nonprofit organizations to help build the evidence base for social interventions and to consider reliable evidence as one of the primary factors in their decisions.

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Research Integrity

LJAF’s Research Integrity initiative aims to improve the reliability and validity of scientific research across fields that inform governmental policy, philanthropic endeavors, and individual decision making.

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Sustainable Public Finance

LJAF’s Sustainable Public Finance initiative works to promote fiscal sustainability and the effective oversight of public funds.

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New Initiatives

LJAF pursues a number of high-leverage philanthropic opportunities that fall outside of our existing programmatic areas.

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Public Safety Assessment: A risk tool that promotes safety, equity, and justice

Every day, judges across America face defendants who have been arrested and who come before the court for arraignment. After setting a defendant’s court date, which could be months into the future, judges must decide the immediate fate of that defendant. Should that person await trial in jail, or can he or she be safely released? In order to make this decision, judges rely on their own instincts and on the limited information they have on hand. Many use a bail schedule, a chart that designates a specific money bail amount for each criminal charge. Go to Blog Post→

Press Release

Laura and John Arnold Foundation issues RFP to test interventions aimed at helping individuals who cycle through multiple systems

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Blog Post

More than a number: the impacts of a higher minimum wage

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The Laura and John Arnold Foundation's core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.