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States Rethink Drug Sentencing

More than a third of states have amended crime classes or penalties for drug offenses in the last five years.

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Sexual Violence Prevention: What Policymakers Should Know

With recent headlines about sexual assaults on college campuses and other incidents, state policymakers may be interested in how they can address sexual violence in their communities.

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Lawmakers Weigh in on Capital Punishment

In his opening remarks as moderator of a session on capital punishment at the Legislative Summit in Chicago last week, Robert Cushing spoke plainly about the persistence of the death penalty in our society.

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Welcome Back: Helping Prisoners Come Home

“We pay more to incarcerate than we do to educate,” Maryland Senator Catherine Pugh told participants in a late-Tuesday session at the Summit in Chicago.

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Many Issues Remain on Body-Worn Cameras

A panel discussion involving a researcher, two legislators and a police chief talking about police body-worn cameras Monday at the Legislative Summit could scarcely have been more topical or timely.

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Summit Will Explore Range of Criminal Justice Issues

The Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee’s Summit agenda includes topics of police body cameras, preventing “dark web” cybercrimes, providing “second chance” opportunities to ex-offenders, and criminal justice reforms that focus on how local jails are used. 

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Transgender Bathroom Bill

The Massachusetts legislature last week passed HB 4343, a bill amending existing antidiscrimination legislation that extends protections of transgender people to all public accommodations such as restaurants, bars and hotels.

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State Criminal Justice Reform Message Goes to Capitol Hill

Right on Crime, an organization dedicated to criminal justice reform, recently held a House congressional briefing with partner groups Prison Fellowship and the American Conservative Union Foundation. The purpose of the briefing was to take to Capitol Hill their conservative approach to criminal justice, and to emphasize how successful state reforms could be replicated at the federal level.

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SCOTUS Explains How to Constitutionally Criminalize Refusal to Consent

If your state criminalizes refusal to consent to a blood alcohol concentration tests (or wants to do so), the U.S. Supreme Court has explained how to do it right, i.e. constitutionally.

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Narrow (and Rare) SCOTUS Win for Affirmative Action

Ironically, had Justice Antonin Scalia lived, Fisher II might have been 4-4 or become Fisher III. But instead the more liberal Justices plus Justice Anthony Kennedy prevailed in this win for affirmative action.

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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.