LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to advance community safety and the values of equity, fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice. In the coming years, we will explore opportunities to accelerate progress in five key policy domains: Policing, Pretrial Justice, Community Supervision, Prisons, and Reintegration. To achieve our goals, we support activities that foster research, policy reform, and evidence-based innovations. We work with teams of experts from inside and outside the criminal justice field to conduct research, build evidence, create tools for practitioners, and partner with local jurisdictions to pilot and test new policies and practices. We recognize that research, data, and evidence can help define a criminal justice issue, serve as the leading edge into exploration and innovation, measure the effectiveness of a policy or practice, and elevate a successful reform so it is widely adopted. By leveraging these strategies and working with our partners, we hope to drive innovation and accelerate the adoption of proven reforms in society’s response to crime and the pursuit of justice.
Over the next several years, we will work with research and practitioner partners to gather ideas, and will release RFPs on a regular basis to solicit proposals within each policy domain. You can find out more information and subscribe to our listserv by visiting the Foundation’s Contact page.