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Understanding Social Impact Bonds and Pay for Success

Government financing doesn’t always work as well as it should. Pay for Success can produce a public good, government savings, and private profit.

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Social Impact Bonds

The Justice Policy Center (JPC) conducts nonpartisan research and evaluation to improve justice and public safety policies and practices at the national, state, and local levels. We collaborate extensively with practitioners, public officials, and community groups to inform criminal justice decisionmaking in the interests of improving the safety and well-being of communities across the country.

It's Pride Week, but the struggle isn't over

Youth across the country still get thrown out of their homes for being gay or transgender, even in seemingly tolerant places like New York. Read More

Nine reasons why government doesn’t work

State, county, and municipal governments are mainly in the business of buying services for their constituents. Why is the result often an inefficient system that, at its worst, can do more harm than good? Read More

How language and cultural barriers prevent some victims from accessing sexual assault exams

About three of every four state sexual assault coalitions and over half of local sexual assault agencies reported that non-English-speaking victims had a harder time obtaining exams. In some communities, shame, stigma, and the lack of acknowledgment of rape and sexual assault can also discourage victims from coming forward. Read More


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