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HOT TOPICS AND FEATURES

Image for hot topics NCSL tracks many criminal justice issues, including hot topics like unmanned aircraft systems; synthetic drug threats; overdose immunity; juvenile life without parole; death penalty; and how state sex offender registration laws are adapting to federal requirements and other issues.

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MANAGING CORRECTIONS COSTS REPORT

NCSL publicationStates will spend $40 billion to incarcerate and supervise offenders in fiscal year (FY) 2014, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ "State Budget Actions: FY 2013 & 2014." This is a modest 2.5 percent increase over FY 2013 costs, with corrections a shrinking portion of overall state spending.

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OVERVIEW | CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Most crimes fall under the jurisdiction of states, making criminal justice an important perennial issue before state legislatures and a significant function and expenditure item for state and local governments.

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STANDING COMMITTEE

NCSL's Standing Committee on Law and Criminal Justice addresses underlying principles for a balanced state-federal system and takes policy positions to preserve state sovereignty and set a high standard for preemption of state laws.

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DATABASES | BILL TRACKING

These are the database/bill tracking that Civil & Criminal Justice maintains:

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  • Justice Reinvestment | State Resources

    Justice Reinvestment is a process used by a growing number of states. Use this map to learn more about significant sentencing and corrections legislation. View additional resources.

  • Current Unmanned Aircraft State Law Landscape

    Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, have a host of applications: law enforcement, land surveillance, wildlife tracking, search and rescue operations, disaster response, border patrol and photography among others. Many state legislatures are debating if and how UAS technology should be regulated.

  • Managing Corrections Costs Report

    Read NCSL's report about how states are managing corrections costs and enacting policy changes that make more effective use of corrections dollars.

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