The First Appearance is an NCSL digital newsletter for state legislators, legislative staff and others interested in pretrial release policy. This newsletter provides monthly updates on state interests, actions and resources and provides links to the latest research.
Screening and treating behavioral health issues like depression, anxiety and substance use can be difficult in ordinary circumstances. Learn more about how states have worked to sustain behavioral health services through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawmakers are examining all parts of their criminal justice systems with an eye toward making meaningful reforms, based on data. They are learning that data is essential to improving pretrial practices and refining the rules on who goes to jail or prison and for how long.