Pioneer Institute has long supported key reforms of the state’s criminal justice system where a disproportionate share of the state’s incarcerated population are people of color. You can read more about these reforms below, including ending solitary confinement, showcasing solutions to reduce recidivism, expand community policing, programs to reintegrate offenders into the mainstream workforce, ending the shameful practice of using prisons as de facto mental health facilities; and emulating a successful magnet school to ready inner city youth for a career in law enforcement.
Recognizing that we can do more on the protection of civil liberties and criminal justice, Pioneer released “Respect My Rights,” a new web-based hotline to which citizens can submit complaints and descriptions of civil liberties violations they have experienced. The Institute will also promote changes to the legal doctrine of “qualified immunity,” which makes government officials unaccountable for illegal or unconstitutional acts.
Read Pioneer Institute’s recent public statement on racial injustice here.