Meet Our Winners!

Read the 2015 Compendium of Winning Entries Released at Our June 24th Better Government Awards Gala

Event Featured Keynote Address by Former Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis & Welcome Remarks by Governor Charles D. Baker
2015 Winner: Reducing Recidivism through Education

2015 Winner: Reducing Recidivism through Education

Learn about the unique education model of the Five Keys Charter School, which provides full-time education to adult inmates and is independently designed and operated by the San Francisco Sheriff's Department,. The program includes community college dual-enrollment programs, vocational training and training in restorative justice. The proven model reverses the 'school to prison pipeline' and reduces recidivism by implementing alternative discipline methods and structuring content that meets the complex learning needs of incarcerated students.

2015 Runner Up: Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Programs

2015 Runner Up: Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Programs

Discover a specialized delivery model for high school curriculum developed for at-risk youths interested in a law enforcement career. The LA Magnet Schools provides a better understanding of law enforcement through coursework, training, mentoring, work and volunteer opportunities and also…

2015 Runner Up: Paying for Success in Community Corrections

2015 Runner Up: Paying for Success in Community Corrections

Read about this original approach to community corrections that directly builds the performance goal of recidivism reduction into contracts with privately operated halfway houses, providing financial incentives for recidivism reduction and penalties for increases in recidivism. The use of contractual…

2015 Runner Up: Employing Intelligence-Driven Prosecution to Improve Crime Prevention

2015 Runner Up: Employing Intelligence-Driven Prosecution to Improve Crime Prevention

Learn about an innovative partnership model that helps reduce and prevent crime by improving the timely and accurate sharing of criminal intelligence throughout the District Attorney's Office and among all law enforcement agencies. This unique approach to information-sharing allows for…

2015 Runner Up: The Returning Home Ohio Pilot Project

2015 Runner Up: The Returning Home Ohio Pilot Project

Learn about a program that combines affordable, permanent housing with a range of supportive services that help vulnerable populations with the complex challenges of homelessness and incarceration. The pilot provides housing and services critical to the maintenance of recovery and…

2015 Special Recognition: The Ex-Offender Workforce Entrepreneur Project

2015 Special Recognition: The Ex-Offender Workforce Entrepreneur Project

Discover how an innovative housing and treatment program uses small farm-driven entrepreneurial enterprise to improve prisoner recovery, skillset development, and workforce integration.

2015 Special Recognition: A Multi-Agency Approach to Re-purpose Correctional Facilities

2015 Special Recognition: A Multi-Agency Approach to Re-purpose Correctional Facilities

Find out how Massachusetts can A repurpose its corrections facilities to accommodate an expansion of reentry programming and maximize utilization of DOC resources.

2015 Special Recognition: The Employment Bridge Project

2015 Special Recognition: The Employment Bridge Project

Learn about a new education and re-entry initiative wherein high performing prisoners serving mid-to-long term sentences could earn a four-year college degree and repay the state for educating them through government employment.

2015 Special Recognition: Cross-Lab Redundancy in Forensic Science

2015 Special Recognition: Cross-Lab Redundancy in Forensic Science

An inventive proposal to eliminate the two-fold monopoly in forensic science by mandating independent analyses of evidence through random selection testing performed by multiple laboratories.

Inmate Vocational Training, Improved Re-entry Programs and Officer Magnet School Win 2015 Better Government Competition

Inmate Vocational Training, Improved Re-entry Programs and Officer Magnet School Win 2015 Better Government Competition

Top Criminal Justice Reform Proposals To Be Highlighted at June Awards Gala Featuring Mass. Governor Charles Baker and Former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis BOSTON – Pioneer Institute’s 24th annual Better Government Competition received over 150 entries from non-profits and…

2015 Better Government Competition Awards Gala Featuring Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis & Mass. Governor Charlie Baker

2015 Better Government Competition Awards Gala Featuring Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis & Mass. Governor Charlie Baker

Former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to Keynote 2015 Better Government Awards Gala 35-Year Law Enforcement Veteran to Address Criminal Justice Reform and Public Safety; Massachusetts Governor to Provide Welcome Remarks at June 24th Awards Dinner Edward F. Davis, security…

Enter the 2015 Better Government Competition: “Improving Public Safety and Controlling Costs in America’s Criminal Justice System”

Enter the 2015 Better Government Competition: “Improving Public Safety and Controlling Costs in America’s Criminal Justice System”

For 2015, Pioneer Institute seeks innovative ideas to reform America’s troubled criminal justice system by reexamining policies that have driven mass incarceration and resulted in significant fiscal and human costs. Competitive proposals will include creative approaches to reducing the state and federal prison population, reducing recidivism, and addressing racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

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Pioneer Institute’s 2014 Better Government Competition Awards

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Delivered Keynote Address at September Awards Dinner

Prison as a “Parallel Universe”: Incentives for Inmates

Prison as a “Parallel Universe”: Incentives for Inmates

If inmates’ conditions of confinement are completely predetermined, what incentive do they have to comply with behavioral code, or dedicate themselves to educational, employment, or health-improvement programs while in prison? Professional advancement and other measures of success outside of prison are strongly correlated with individual behavior. Unfortunately, most correctional facilities do not have systems in … Continued

Effective Diversion Programming in Illinois

Effective Diversion Programming in Illinois

Sometimes being in first place isn’t such a good thing: the United States is the world’s leader in incarceration, locking up 25 percent of the international prison population.  Mass incarceration of this scale reflects policy that encourages warehousing inmates instead of rehabilitation. The state of Illinois, which holds over 48,000 of these prisoners, is doing its … Continued

Success-Oriented Funding: A Proven Model for Criminal Justice Financing

Success-Oriented Funding: A Proven Model for Criminal Justice Financing

With more than 2 million Americans in jail and 68 million with a criminal record, it is worth asking: why do Federal grants reward increased arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration instead of reduced crime? Inimai Chettair and Nicole Fortair from the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law suggest a transition to more … Continued