Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform

We believe that a criminal justice system based on human dignity is the best way to keep our communities safe.

More than 2.3 million Americans are incarcerated, often for low-level, nonviolent crimes. Many prisoners receive excessive sentences and, once they’re released, thousands of laws can prevent them from obtaining jobs and rebuilding their lives. Meanwhile, people in many communities distrust or even fear their local police departments. The Charles Koch Foundation supports research on criminal justice reforms that emphasize human dignity and enhance public safety. Our grants seek to inform efforts to reduce overcriminalization and government overreach as well as recidivism, and to remove barriers that prevent former offenders from achieving successful lives.

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