UNC Citation Project Seeks to Improve Public Safety by Exploring Alternatives to Arrest

The Criminal Justice Innovation Lab (CJIL) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Government has announced a new $325,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to launch The Citation Project, which aims to improve policing practices through rigorous evaluation of citation in lieu of arrest.

As the school explained in its announcement, policing decisions determine who enters the criminal justice system and who avoids it. Citations are an alternative to arrest for some low-level crimes and have been recommended by groups like the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing as a “least harm” resolution. The project will be led by Jessica Smith, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC.

Charles Koch Foundation Executive Director Ryan Stowers said, “The Project’s research will help law enforcement develop best practices to improve public safety, increase trust between police and communities, and ensure that the criminal justice system offers alternatives to arrest that allow non-violent offenders a second chance.”

Read UNC’s full announcement here.

04-26-2021 09:05am

The Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University uses data to help immigrants succeed

GeoMatch asks migrants about themselves — their skills, education, and hopes — and helps them find communities where they can flourish.

Read more

04-21-2021 08:24am

mikeroweWORKS Foundation helps Americans find meaningful work

An annual scholarship program rewards people who show work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.

Read more

03-25-2021 01:32pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation expands effort to reduce barriers between educators and employers

An expansion of the Talent Pipeline Management project will match individuals with dynamic careers and help learners build new skills.

Read more

Sign up for our newsletter

Regular news and impact stories
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.