Skip to main content

First Appearance | September 2023

September 29, 2023

Collaboration in South Dakota

NCSL members from nine states gathered in Rapid City, S.D., to learn more about local collaborative efforts to reduce justice system involvement for people struggling with substance use and mental illness. Learn more about the facilities they toured and words of wisdom from the local officials they met.

Continue Reading

Front-End Justice: Deflection and Diversion

Many of the people who cycle through jails have a serious mental illness, along with drug- or alcohol-related needs that can complicate treatment. Learn what states are doing to increase treatment opportunities and alternatives to jail for defendants.

Continue Reading

Related Info: The Legislative Primer Series on Front-End Justice

In the News

Dementia Training for First Responders 

In a recent survey, 10 states were identified as having laws requiring training for law enforcement on dementia. Of the 10 states, six required training as part of missing persons programs. The other four states required broader training and two states set a specific number of hours.

Continue Reading

Review of Failure to Appear Laws

The Prison Policy Initiative used NCSL’s Statutory Responses to Failure to Appear database to further evaluate state laws that provide the legal framework for what happens when a person fails to appear in court. The new article also reviews reasons people gave for missing court in a survey from Lake County, Ill., and impacts on individuals following a failure to appear.

Continue Reading

Illinois First State to Eliminate Money Bail

The Judicial Council of California has released a final report on the state’s Pretrial Pilot Program funded through the Budget Act of 2019. Data suggests an overall positive impact with release rates increasing for both misdemeanors and felonies and rearrest rates decreasing for both misdemeanors and felonies. Rates for failure to appear were greatly improved by shortening case disposition times and implementing court reminder systems.

Continue Reading

Related Information: NCSL Financial Conditions of Pretrial Release

The Cache

  • Contact NCSL

  • For more information on this topic, use this form to reach NCSL staff.