The Charles Koch Foundation requests proposals for research related to criminal justice and policy reform. We are especially interested in research that:
- Analyzes the possible personal/non-economic and economic (including employment) effects of various sentencing reform ideas on individuals, families, and communities.
- Examines the causes, costs, and consequences of police militarization and civil asset forfeiture, including public perception of these topics.
- Collects or creates data sets to fill scholarly gaps related to criminal justice and policing reform issues.
- Determines the causes, costs, and consequences of overcriminalization and the proliferation of laws that carry criminal penalties.
- Assesses the effectiveness of various penalties imposed for nonviolent crimes.
- Analyzes the impact of criminal justice and policing reform policies on different demographic groups and poverty generally.
- Examines the incentives that lead to growing prison populations.
- A one-to-two-page abstract of the project on behalf of your university, college, or other 501(c)(3) organization. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.
- A CV or résumé.
- A brief, itemized budget.
- Final projects should be original, of academic journal quality, and must not have been previously published.
Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings.