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Criminal Justice Grants

The criminal justice system affects everything from individual opportunity and family cohesion to public safety and community life. A better understanding of the criminal justice system and its effects on society will help identify opportunities to create better long-term outcomes for all involved.

Grant Info

Grant Description

Stand Together Trust requests grant proposals for research, pilot projects, and other experiments related to criminal-justice reform. We are especially interested in research that:

  • Studies incentives in the criminal justice system, especially in law enforcement and the trial process
  • Studies the scope and impact of overcriminalization, especially on law-enforcement activities
  • Explores mechanisms to reduce touchpoints with the justice system, including alternatives to police response, early appointment of counsel, and diversion programs
  • Studies alternatives to the current plea bargaining system

And pilots or other experiments that:

  • Introduce technology, data, or similar tools into justice systems to foster greater transparency and improved outcomes
  • Improve second chance hiring within businesses
  • Provide technical assistance to justice systems to foster administrative policy reform and behavior change

Grant Criteria

  • A one-to-two-page abstract of the project. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.*
  • A CV or résumé.*
  • A brief, itemized budget.*
  • Final projects should be original and meet the highest standards of their field, and must not have been previously published.

*Items are required in application.


Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings.