The Challenge

The status quo in our criminal justice system is not working. An effective criminal justice system protects people and preserves public safety, respects human dignity, restores victims, removes barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records, and ensures equal justice for all under the law.

Our society is eager to improve the current criminal justice system, but we need practical solutions that address root causes. We need social entrepreneurs to develop solutions that bring about a society of equal rights with justice for all.

Focus Areas

  • Overcriminalization
    Simplifying and streamlining the legal code
  • Due Process
    Pre-trial policy reforms to ensure justice for all
  • Prison and re-entry
    Smart decarceration and effective reintegration into society
  • Policing
    Developing policing alternatives in communities
  • Sentencing
    Sentences should be proportionate to the crime

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Impact Stories

04-16-2019 11:37am

New Survey Reveals American Consumers Support Businesses Hiring Those with Criminal Records

New research from SHRM and the Charles Koch Institute found that the vast majority of American consumers support purchasing goods and services from businesses that employ people with non-violent criminal records.

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07-13-2018 04:59pm

Pretrial Justice Bail Reform Poll

A new survey—conducted by the Charles Koch Institute and the Pretrial Justice Institute—asked Americans about their knowledge and opinion of the United States’ pretrial justice system. Respondents were clear: the current system favors the wealthy and must be reformed.

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05-17-2018 11:59am

An Untapped Talent Pool: SHRM and the Charles Koch Institute’s Survey on Employing Individuals With Criminal Records

To learn more about what drives hiring decisions involving people with a criminal record, the Charles Koch Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management have conducted a groundbreaking survey of employers and the American workforce.

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