Individuals Making an Impact | Criminal Justice Reform

Individuals Making an Impact | Criminal Justice Reform

The Charles Koch Foundation supports research on criminal justice reforms that emphasize human dignity and enhance public safety.

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. 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.

Erik Luna speaking

The Academy for Justice

The Charles Koch Foundation proudly supported the Academy for Justice, a project from Arizona State University’s College of Law that brought together more than one hundred top criminal justice scholars.

Buried No More

The Buried Alive Project raises awareness about unreasonable life sentences and works to eliminate them. Since October 2018, the project has worked with more than 50 law students as well as creative writing and statistics graduate students at Southern Methodist University, a Charles Koch Foundation grantee, who have volunteered more than 750 hours to the project.

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Researcher, Reformer, Life-Changer

Carrie Pettus-Davis, an associate professor at Florida State University, is leading an unprecedented study that will help ex-prisoners live productive lives.

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Taking Criminal Justice Scholarship One Step Further

Professor Erik Luna is bridging the gap between academia and reform, taking criminal justice scholarship one step further.

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Tackling Inequalities in Criminal Justice

Achieving legal fairness requires data-driven solutions. Professor Howard Henderson explains why.

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How Do Innocent People End Up Behind Bars?

DNA evidence has freed hundreds of men and women from prison and exposed deep flaws in the way we collect evidence. Duke University law professor Brandon Garrett explains.

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Can Policing Be More Democratic?

Barry Friedman, director of NYU's policing project, discusses how democratic policing can build trust between communities and their police officers.

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The Waaay Too Long Arm of the Law

Overly broad laws and overzealous prosecutors are making us less safe, not more, says Notre Dame law professor Stephen Smith.

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