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.
Legislative interest in policing and police accountability is at an unprecedented high. Deaths and other confrontations involving law enforcement continue to drive national conversations about policy and promote review of current state and local laws. Review laws in all 50 states with the new database. View Database>>
State law creates the legal framework for pretrial release practices, governing defendant’s eligibility for release and how they are released. Practices in local jurisdictions must meet these minimum standards. This new report provides a 50-state overview of current constitutional and statutory frameworks in the states. Read more>>
The competency to stand trial process is designed to protect the rights of people who do not understand the charges against them and are unable to assist in their own defense. But across the country, this process has become increasingly overburdened and delayed. Read about 10 effective strategies state officials can pursue to improve the process. Read More>>