Better Government Competition

Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition, founded in 1991, is an annual citizens’ idea contest that seeks out and rewards the most innovative public policy proposals. The Competition grand prize winner receives $10,000; four runners-up receive $1,000 each, and other proposals receive special recognition.

For 2015, Pioneer Institute sought innovative ideas to improve public safety and control costs in America’s criminal justice system by reexamining policies that have driven mass incarceration and resulted in significant fiscal and human costs. Competitive proposals included creative approaches to reducing the state and federal prison population, reducing recidivism, and addressing racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. We sought ideas that make government more effective and efficient, protect individual liberties and make our communities safer.

Read the 2015 contest guidelines.

Competition winners over the years are listed below.

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