Saving lives by eliminating the organ waiting list

Twenty-two people die every day waiting for an organ that never arrives. While the supply of available organs has remained flat, the need for organ transplants continues to grow. As a result, there are more than 120,000 people currently on the organ waiting list, a number that is expected to rise each year. The average … Read More

Policy Labs: Research Partnerships for More Effective Government

State and local governments across the country are working to make meaningful improvements in people’s lives by addressing pressing challenges such as homelessness, recidivism, failing schools, and poverty. There are a number of programs designed to target these issues. However, many of these well-intentioned efforts have failed to produce adequate improvements. In an effort to … Read More

ACLU settlement in Benton County, WA ends local debtors’ prison practices

NEW YORK, NY—Today, in response to the settlement reached between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a grantee of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and Benton County, Washington, regarding court-imposed fines and fees, Matt Alsdorf, vice president of criminal justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, said the following: We are pleased with the … Read More

A better pretrial justice system for Houston

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 … Read More

Data-driven tool gives Harris County judges new way to assess defendants’ pretrial risk level

Today, Harris County Courts announced that it will implement the Public Safety Assessment (PSA), a data-driven risk assessment tool that provides objective information that judges can use when deciding whether to release or detain a defendant prior to trial. Developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), which is based in Houston, the PSA … Read More