Police, health, and social services to create new crisis response model to help ‘frequent users’ of emergency services

Three pilot programs will test a new crisis response model that could help Frequent Utilizers—people who cycle repeatedly through the criminal justice, health, and social service systems—and save significant public dollars and emergency responder time Grants totaling $4.1 million will help local responders, researchers, and government associations leverage data to identify Frequent Utilizers and connect … Read More

Laura and John Arnold Foundation seeks partners for national expansion of risk assessment, field-shaping research agenda

HOUSTON – In response to the growing national interest in pretrial reform and demand for risk assessment to aid courts in making release or detention decisions, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) plans to dramatically expand access to its Public Safety Assessment (PSA) and broaden the level of research on its use and effectiveness. … Read More

Cash bail system makes poverty a crime

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Laura and John Arnold Foundation Supports Effort to Study Social Media’s Impact on Elections

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) has announced that it will contribute to the funding of a new research initiative designed to examine the impact that Facebook has on elections and democracy.  With the announcement, LJAF joins a consortium of prominent philanthropic foundations who have pledged to partner with the social media giant by … Read More

Former Houston Chronicle Editor Jeff Cohen joins Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Jeff Cohen, former editor of the Houston Chronicle, has been named executive vice president of communications for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF). Cohen will oversee LJAF’s strategic communications initiatives to drive policy change in a wide range of issue areas and will lead a team focused on media relations, digital communications, positioning and … Read More