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Civil and Criminal Justice

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Juvenile Justice

NEW: The Sometimes Lifelong Consequences of a Juvenile Record

In many states, juvenile records don’t just disappear when a person turns 18. Even when there was no conviction, a record can affect a young person for years after leaving the justice system, potentially making it difficult to go to school, get a job and find housing—the very things that could ease the transition to adulthood.

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Prison

NEW: Criminal Justice Budgeting: Reducing Admissions to Jail and Prisons

There are several policy options states can consider to reduce the use of prisons and jails while still holding people accountable and promoting public safety. This brief explores policy options such as improving responses to individuals with mental health needs and making changes to criminal offenses, including decriminalizing and “defelonizing” some offenses. 

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CIVIL & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Civil and Criminal Justice

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Civil Justice

Civil Justice Resources

Visit the homepage for our latest blogs, charts and research on civil justice topics like debt collection, child custody, protection orders, evictions, foreclosures and bankruptcy.

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Law Enforcement Overview

Law Enforcement Overview

Visit our homepage to access the legislation tracker, statute database, summary of police-mental health collaboration programs and other law enforcement resources.

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Sentencing and Corrections

Sentencing and Corrections Resources

Visit the homepage to see our resource collections on community supervision and criminal records and reentry. Topics of COVID-19 and data-driven criminal justice can also be located on this page.

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Hot Topics

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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