The Urban Institute, with support from Arnold Ventures, is seeking proposals from state departments of corrections to join the Prison Research and Innovation Network. The Network is a core component of the Prison Research and Innovation Initiative, a comprehensive effort to build evidence and spur innovation to make prisons more humane, safe, and rehabilitative. The Network will be a community of practice for states interested in leveraging research, data, and evidence to inspire improvements in prison environments.
Goals of the Network include the following:
- Develop a better understanding of prison environments and their relationship to the safety and well-being of those who live and work there
- Enhance state prisons’ capacities for collecting data on prison environments, with the goal of promoting transparency and accountability
- Design, implement, and evaluate data-driven, evidence-based operational and programmatic innovations to improve basic conditions in prisons, including those that support rehabilitation and self-betterment for incarcerated people
How to apply