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.
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.
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.
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.
LJAF’s Sustainable Public Finance initiative works to promote fiscal sustainability and the effective oversight of public funds.
LJAF pursues a number of high-leverage philanthropic opportunities that fall outside of our existing programmatic areas.
Houston has the third-largest jail population in the United States. There are approximately 8,500 people in the Harris County jail on any given day, and up to 70 percent of those inmates are pretrial detainees—meaning they have not been convicted of a crime and are simply awaiting their day in court. Some of these defendants are high-risk individuals or are charged with serious violent crimes—people that we as a society would be wary of having back out on the streets. However, a significant number of the people in jail are low-risk, nonviolent individuals who may be there simply because they cannot afford to post bail. Go to Blog Post→
Laura and John Arnold Foundation's core objective is to address our nation's most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches.