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Justice Innovation Prize

Awarding $1 million to disrupt the criminal justice system and build a world beyond mass incarceration.
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Let’s end the cycle.

Our criminal justice system is broken. We need bold and innovative solutions that will improve lives and catalyze lasting impact over time.
5 million+
U.S. children – 7% of total – with an incarcerated parent at some point in their lives. The resulting destabilization and stress have disproportionate impact on families of color.
Of individuals released from prison are re-arrested within three years and are at increased risk of suicide following their release.
Increase in the U.S prison population since 1980’s due to changes in sentencing laws and policies, even though evidence shows mass incarceration does not meaningfully improve public safety.
Step 01
Before registering, complete our Applicant Readiness Tool to help determine eligibility and to ensure that your solution is a strong fit for the Justice Innovation Prize.
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Step 02
After assessing your fit through the Applicant Readiness Tool, you must register for the Justice Innovation Prize by Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
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Step 03
Once you’ve registered, complete and submit your application no later than Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
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Step 04
From June-August 2023, valid applications will be scored by five fellow applicants, then a subset of top-scoring submissions will be scored by five Evaluation Panel judges. Scores are normalized to ensure fairness.
View the Scoring Criteria
Step 05
Finalist Preparation
Informed by Evaluation Panel results, we review top-scoring submissions to select up to five Finalists who will receive $50,000 each to strengthen their proposals and prepare for an in-person pitch event at SOCAP23.
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Step 06
Award Selection
At SOCAP23 on October 24, 2023, Finalists will present their ideas to the Selection Committee, who will recommend up to three awardees to each receive a $250,000 Justice Innovation Prize.
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How to Participate

Spotlight: Meet the Judges

Learn more about our esteemed expert reviewers for the Justice Innovation Prize.
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Partners & Sponsors

Thanks to our partners for their valuable support of the Justice Innovation Prize.

We will work with anyone to make the future work for everyone. Through our tech, justice, and Green For All programs we are working towards an America with fewer people behind bars, less pollution, and more opportunity.
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Let’s transform the criminal justice system and usher in a new era that actually protects communities and keeps families whole.
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