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Civil and Criminal Justice

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Prepare for the 2020 Session

At the NCSL Capitol Forum, Dec. 10-12 in Phoenix, we will tackle issues that states will be discussing in 2020, including facial recognition and employment barriers. Check out all of the sessions related to criminal justice and register by Nov. 19 to save. See you there!

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Report

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem, with 2.8 million new TBIs each year. For juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system, TBI—which is both common and often unrecognized—can be a barrier to youths’ rehabilitation and successful reentry back to their homes and communities.

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CIVIL & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Civil and Criminal Justice

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Tracking Policy

NCSL tracks many criminal justice hot topics like marijuana; human trafficking; juvenile life without parole; death penalty; drug crime policy and other issues.

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Utah's Juvenile Justice Reform

Utah passed juvenile justice reform in 2017. Our blog post lists initial data that shows the state is reducing the number of youth in custody and reinvesting into services in the community, while juvenile referrals to court drop. 

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Legislative Primer Series

Read two reports that are part of a series exploring policies that affect the front end of the criminal justice system, including who is entering the “front door” of the system, and examples of legislation, national initiatives, best practices, promising programs and key research on timely issues.

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Databases

NCSL maintains criminal justice legislation and bill tracking databases on juvenile justice, pretrial release and more.

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