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.
State law creates the legal framework for pretrial release practices, governing a 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>>
Competency to stand trial (CST) has been an issue in many states with long delays and resource challenges causing people to languish in jail while states contend with the high associated costs. State lawmakers and NCSL staff contributed to this Council of State Governments Justice Center report to help inform the strategies it contains for bettering the CST process. Read More>>