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.
In the last year, all 50 states and the District of Columbia introduced policing legislation, largely focused on accountability and oversight. NCSL found that of the 3,000-plus bills introduced nationwide, nearly 250 were signed into law. Read More>>
Staggering backlogs have resulted from pandemic-related delays and closures of courthouses nationwide. Local jurisdictions are moving trials to new venues to get the system moving again, using ballrooms, movie theaters, county fairgrounds, stadiums, legion halls and high school cafeterias as courtrooms. Learn more about state speedy trial deadlines that are impacted by these delays. Read More>>
As Congress grapples with federal policing reform legislation, NCSL was joined by the National Governors Association and the National Criminal Justice Association for a briefing on policing issues in the states. Read More>>
Join a virtual briefing with former U.S. Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales on recommendations for a post-pandemic world from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice. Register>>