UNO Professor Gets $32K Grant To Study Alternatives To Jail
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A philosophy professor at the University of New Orleans has received a grant to study alternatives to incarceration.
Chris Surprenant has received a $32,350 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to study the American approach to punishment. The grant will fund an academic conference and related scholarship on the topic.
The university, in a news release, said Louisiana incarcerates more people, per capita, than any other state.
Surprenant, who's also director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project in Law, Liberty and Morality, says the conference will bring together academics from law, philosophy, politics and economics to discuss punishment alternatives and generate public policy solutions. The grant also will result in the publication of a book on the topic.