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.

01-28-2020 04:09pm

Fourteen Universities Show How Faculty, Students Can Create Programs That Foster Cooperation Over Conflict

Fourteen universities are joining a new pilot initiative launched by Chicago-based education nonprofit Interfaith Youth Core, bringing together students and faculty on campuses across the country to leverage their diverse beliefs and backgrounds to counter polarization.

Read more

01-16-2020 04:33pm

UCLA Brings Together Engineering and Law Scholars to Study How to Harness Benefits of Emerging Technology

UCLA's new Institute for Technology, Policy, and Law will advance scholarship and address issues at the intersection of technology and the legal system, examining the impact of artificial intelligence, robotics, digital free speech and other new technologies on our society.

Read more

01-15-2020 01:34pm

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 recently launched The Citation Project, which aims to improve policing practices through rigorous evaluation of citation in lieu of arrest.

Read more

Sign up for our newsletter