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[Apply Now] Prison Research and Innovation Network

Urban logoThe 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

Please see the Request for Proposals [PDF] for more information.  Completed proposals are due to TransformPrison@urban.org by October 1, 2019.