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Jeremy Travis to join the Laura and John Arnold Foundation as senior vice president of criminal justice

NEW YORK—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) announced today that Jeremy Travis, one of the nation’s preeminent criminal justice reformers, will join LJAF as senior vice president of criminal justice. Mr. Travis will lead LJAF’s criminal justice group, which will expand its reach with two additional hires announced today: Amy Solomon, a highly respected … 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

Report: Houston’s financial future will be decided in large part in this legislative session

HOUSTON, TX—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today released “A Pivotal Moment: Assessing Houston’s Plan for Pension Reform,” a report that provides an in-depth analysis of the City of Houston’s pension reform proposal currently pending in the Texas Legislature. The report finds that the proposal includes important changes that would help protect workers and … Read More

Laura Arnold delivers TEDx Pennsylvania Avenue talk on the importance of using rigorous evidence to solve problems

On February 9, Laura Arnold delivered a TEDx Pennsylvania Avenue talk in Washington that called for policymakers and philanthropists to make decisions based on rigorous research rather than anecdote, ideology, or personal experience. Here is an excerpt from Laura’s prepared remarks: We need more discriminating standards for what does and doesn’t work. We should demand … Read More

Laura and John Arnold Foundation to continue data-driven criminal justice effort launched under the Obama Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) announced today that it is dramatically expanding its efforts to use data and analytics in order to address challenges in the criminal justice system. Former White House advisors Lynn Overmann and Kelly Jin have joined the Foundation to continue the work they began under the Obama Administration’s … Read More