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Building the Evidence for Evidence-based Policing: An Overview of the Strategy of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Jeremy Travis, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, gave the following plenary address at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Evidence-Based Policing | Philadelphia, PA | May 21, 2018 I am delighted to be with you today. I look at the topics you are covering, the intellectual firepower you have assembled, the depth of … Read More

2017 Laura and John Arnold Foundation Annual Report

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is pleased to present its 2017 annual report, which highlights the progress we’ve made in our key areas of focus, including Effective Government, Education, Criminal Justice, Pharmaceutical Pricing and Health Care, and Scientific Research. Over the past year, the Foundation worked with our partners to make governments and social … Read More

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 … Read More

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

At the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), we constantly think about how to improve people’s lives through better policy. How can we remedy the inefficiencies and injustice in our social, political, and economic systems? What will it take to create safer communities, better schools, and successful social programs? What policies truly foster an environment … Read More

Research team releases first systemic review of state and local monetary sanctions laws

In 2016, University of Washington sociology professor Alexes Harris’ book, “A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor“ (New York: Russell Sage), gained national attention for its examination of the use of monetary sanctions in five counties in Washington state. Monetary sanctions—a term, along with “legal financial obligations,” that refers to the … Read More