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.
Alongside regulating cannabis, Connecticut Senate Bill 1201 amends police officer drug stops by land and sea and allows medical patients to grow cannabis at home. Some aspects of the law do not take effect immediately, but those 21 and older will be able to recreationally use cannabis starting on July 1. NCSL’s Cannabis Overview has more information on actions in all 50 states.
In 11 Safety and Justice Challenge jurisdictions, jail populations declined to historic lows and total reported crime was 22% lower in December 2020 when compared to December 2019. Read the CUNY-ISLG report to learn about public safety outcomes across the sites remaining relatively constant before and after the implementation of reforms. The JFA Institute report shows that jail populations, crime and arrests all declined after implementation of strategies in response to the pandemic.
Federal qualified immunity protects law enforcement officers from paying for violations of constitutional rights — but state and local governments almost always pay the price. Now, they’re taking action. Legislatures are creating state claims to limit applicability of qualified immunity and authorize personal liability insurance. Join us Aug. 3-5 at NCSL Base Camp to learn what it means for state and local budgets and the impact of potential federal action. Learn more>>
This new series of briefs looks at opportunities for policy changes that can be fiscally beneficial while still ensuring public safety and encouraging successful outcomes for individuals involved with the justice system. Areas of focus include reducing admissions to prisons and jails and shortening length of stay. Read more>>