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Civil and Criminal Justice

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Magazine

COVID-19 and the Criminal Justice System: A Guide for State Lawmakers

COVID-19 has significantly affected the American criminal justice system. In particular, states have tried to reduce involvement with the justice system and limit person-to-person interactions, whether with law enforcement, in courts, in jails and prisons, or with community supervision officers. Read about these and other actions in our brief.

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NCSL Base Camp 2020

Join us at NCSL Base Camp 2020, and listen to Barry Friedman at the session on Policing Perspectives: State Oversight and Community Engagement. Learn more

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Front-End Justice Resources

Read our overview on law enforcement, a state bill tracking database on law enforcement legislation, a report on police-mental health collaboration programs, and other front-end justice articles and reports.

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Corrections and Sentencing Resources

View Corrections and Sentencing topics, including how data analysis is driving justice reforms, criminal records and reentry laws, cannabis and employment, and our enactment database.

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Juvenile Justice Resources

Read information on juvenile justice topics, including racial and ethnic disparities, our 2019 year-end report, and listen to a podcast on COVID-19 and juvenile justice reform.

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Tracking Policy

NCSL tracks many criminal justice hot topics like marijuana; human trafficking; juvenile life without parole; death penalty; drug crime policy and other issues.

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Databases

NCSL maintains criminal justice legislation and bill tracking databases. Check out the new community supervision and reentry resources.

 

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