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SCOTUS Case: Statute of Limitations on Fabricated Evidence

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in McDonough v. Smith is whether the statute of limitations for a due process fabrication of evidence claim begins to run when the criminal proceedings terminate in the defendant’s favor, or when the defendant becomes aware of the tainted evidence and its improper use.

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New Tool Shows Data on Juvenile Status Offenses

In Principles in Effective Juvenile Justice Policy, a report developed by a bipartisan group of state legislators and published by NCSL last year, one of the key concepts is the importance of serving youth with effective, evidence-based services in their communities in order to promote public safety.
 

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The Controversy Over Gang Databases

As violent crime by young people has been declining, concern over an apparent rise in gang membership has led states and localities to rely on gang databases.

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Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Awaits President’s Signature

The U.S. House passed the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) on Dec. 13, as did the Senate two days before, sending the comprehensive reform legislation to the president’s desk.

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Baltimore Mayor, Former Maryland Senator Says State/Local Partnership is Crucial to Success of Jail Reform

Pugh sees the impact of state action over the past few decades in her city and emphasized that most individuals who are incarcerated return to our communities. She highlighted legislation that she worked on in her days at the legislature that has had a positive impact at the local level.

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State and Local Legal Center Files Supreme Court Brief in an Excessive Fines Case

Indiana sought to forfeit Tyson Timbs’ Land Rover which he used to buy and transport heroin.

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Congress Finds Compromise on Opioids

The core of the bill deals with the increasing public health costs and lives lost to opioid misuse disorder. In a show of bipartisanship, both chambers passed the legislation, and sent it to the president for his signature.  

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Rights for Crime Victims on the Ballot in Six States

Six states—Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma—will offer voters the choice to amend their state’s constitution related to crime victims’ rights.

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Washington Supreme Court Overturns Capital Punishment

The ruling made Washington the 20th state to abolish capital punishment either by legislation or court action.

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Declines in Crime, Increases in Data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's crime statistics for 2017 show a decline in both violent and property crime from 2016 to 2017. Legislators are interested in crime statistics because they provide useful data points for policymaking. 

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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.