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.
With the recent enactment of HB 3653, Illinois became the first state to eliminate financial conditions of pretrial release from state law. Read more about state legal structures and other conditions of release in NCSL’s recent report on the statutory framework of pretrial release. Read More>>
Check out the state of state law enforcement laws using NCSL’s statutory database. The database covers nine areas of the law including use-of-force standards, use-of-force investigations, use-of-force data, qualified immunity, training, traffic stop data, legal duties and liabilities, certification, and decertification. Check back for more topics coming soon!
NCSL is tracking pending law enforcement legislation in the states. New legislation is added regularly and the status of legislation in the database is updated daily. Check out what is new in the states or look back at legislation that was enacted in 2020.
A recent telebriefing hosted to feature this new study on jail populations, Laurie Garduque, the director for justice reform at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation also announced $18 million in new funding for 15 local Safety and Justice Challenge sites across the nation. Read more about the Safety and Justice Challenge, the new study and NCSL’s role in our new blog. Read More>>