Reducing Admissions to Jail and Prisons

There are several policy options states can consider to reduce the use of prisons and jails while still holding people accountable and promoting public safety. This brief explores policy options such as improving responses to individuals with mental health needs and making changes to criminal offenses, including decriminalizing and “defelonizing” some offenses. 


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Student-Athlete Compensation

A growing number of states have passed legislation allowing athletes to receive compensation for their names, images or likenesses. As of June 23, 19 states have passed legislation allowing student-athletes to earn compensation.


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FY 2022 State Budget Status

NCSL tracks states' enactment of their FY 2022 budgets. As of June 23, 32 states have enacted a budget for FY 2022. Virginia and Wyoming enacted a biennial budget during the 2020 legislative session.


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Building a Strong Early Learning Workforce

The quality of early education teachers has been shown to be a key driver in overall classroom quality and outcomes for prekindergarten children.


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Building a Principal Pipeline

Paul Manna, a professor of government and public policy at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., talks about the critical role principals play, how a principal pipeline can work and why the investment in principal training is worthwhile.


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Newborn Screening

Early detection of certain conditions through newborn screening can prevent severe cognitive and physical disabilities, and even death. Each state has its own newborn screening program and decides which conditions to include within screening panels.


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Our American States

The “Our American States” podcast is where you hear compelling conversations that tell the story of America’s state legislatures, the people in them, the politics that compel them, and the important work of democracy.



Read the Latest in State Legislatures News

Find the latest news on state policy, politics and personalities as well as stories from the print edition of State Legislatures magazine.



Special Delivery: State strategies to ensure healthy pregnancies

NCSL’s new report, “State Approaches to Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies Through Prenatal Care,” provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.