Prisons and jails have become our country’s de facto mental health institutions. Our criminal justice system has become a revolving door for vulnerable people who need treatment but instead face imprisonment and conditions that exacerbate their afflictions. Learn about some promising reform initiatives – and submit your own idea!
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Mental illness, the theme of our 2016 Better Government Competition, impacts all of us. It takes a toll on our education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems, and affects our economy. We cannot end mental illness, but we can do much more to ensure that those who live with it receive better treatment. Preventive mental health […]
There is always a bristled excitement among Pioneer staff and supporters before the topic of the annual Better Government Competition is announced. The organization seems to have a knack for selecting the most critical public policy issues. When the topic of “Improving Mental Health” was chosen, the importance resonated immediately. It may be more relevant […]
Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition is a citizens’ ideas contest that seeks out and rewards innovative solutions to public sector problems, with different focus areas each year. The Competition grand prize winner receives $10,000; four runners-up receive $1,000 each, and other proposals receive special recognition. Our submission period has ended. But you can still join […]
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 community groups, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers across the U.S. on the topic, “Improving Public […]
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 consultant and former Boston police commissioner, will deliver the keynote address, and Massachusetts Governor Charles […]
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.
Pioneer Institute Hosts 23rd Annual Better Government Competition Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Delivered Keynote at Awards Ceremony Pioneer Institute recognized the winner and runners-up of its annual Better Government Competition at an awards dinner on Thursday, featuring a Keynote Address by Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston. “Compass® CoPilot,” a proposal to […]
Read the winning proposals submitted for the 23rd annual Better Government Competition, whose theme was “Leveraging Technology to Improve the Private Sector”
Each year the Better Government Competition focuses on one of the country’s biggest challenges. The 2014 competition seeks technological solutions to create greater efficiency, transparency, cost-effectiveness, and higher quality service in the public sector. The Institute seeks creative ideas and approaches utilizing technology, information systems, and telecommunications to make government more affordable, accessible, efficient, and less susceptible to fraud, waste, and abuse. Importantly, we seek ideas that are protective of individual rights.