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Far-Reaching Juvenile Justice Reform Enacted in Utah

A sweeping juvenile justice reform bill passed the Utah legislature this month and was enacted into law with broad support.

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What's Next for the Second Blocked Travel Ban?

President Donald Trump’s second travel ban executive order was scheduled to go into effect today, but within hours of each other federal judges from Hawaii and Maryland issued decisions temporarily preventing portions of it from going into effect nationwide.

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What’s New From Children and Families?

Did you know the child support program collected over $32 billion in child support during FY 2015?.

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What Happens Now to SCOTUS Transgender Bathroom Case?

The fate of the most controversial case the Supreme Court has agreed to decide this term is uncertain now that the Department of Education has issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing previous letters requiring school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

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NCSL Staff Meets with House Cannabis Caucus Organizer

NCSL Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety staff met with one of the legislative directors behind a newly-created bipartisan House Cannabis Caucus.

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What if Your Court-Appointed Psychiatrist Could Talk You to Death?

Would you talk freely to a court-appointed psychiatrist who could tell the prosecution everything you said, particularly if you could be sentenced to death?

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Supreme Court to Define Contours of False Arrest Claims

So consider this situation: You're a police officer,  you arrest someone because the situation seems suspicious and you don't believe the person is telling the truth—and there is evidence you are right.

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What's Next For Travel Ban?

President Donald Trump has a few legal options following a decision this week by the 9th U.S. Cuircuit Court of Appeals not to stay a district court’s temporary restraining order that block's the president's travel ban from going into effect.

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New Federal Rule Aims to Bolster Child Support Program

A new federal rule intends to increase the effectiveness of the child support program for all families and provide for more flexibility in state child support programs.

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Funding Front-End Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal justice reform increasingly includes changes to the front end of the system. Emphasis has been placed on deflecting individuals away from arrest processing, diverting defendants from jail into community-based supervision and placing offenders in treatment programs to address behavioral health issues. 

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.