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Civil and Criminal Justice

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Policy Forum meeting

Pretrial Release Policy Forum 2022

Nationally, about 65% of people in jail are awaiting court action on their cases. Many are not considered to be a flight risk or a danger to the public but remain in jail. Research shows that just three days in jail can cause defendants to lose their jobs, housing and even custody of their children. Read the recap and more from this recently held meeting. 

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Interview

Certificates of Rehabilitation and Limited Relief

A growing number of states authorize their courts or parole boards to issue orders or “certificates of rehabilitation” to individuals convicted of crimes. In effect, when a person convicted of a crime receives a certificate of rehabilitation, they receive a court order declaring they are now rehabilitated. It can be considered an official judgment about a person’s reliability and good character. 

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CIVIL & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Civil and Criminal Justice

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Civil Justice Overview

Civil Justice Resources

Visit the homepage for our latest blogs, charts and research on civil justice topics like debt collection, child custody, protection orders, evictions, foreclosures and bankruptcy.

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Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Overview

Visit our homepage to access the legislation tracker, statute database, summary of police-mental health collaboration programs and other law enforcement resources.

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Sentencing and Corrections

Sentencing and Corrections Resources

Visit the homepage to see our resource collections on community supervision and criminal records and reentry. Topics of COVID-19 and data-driven criminal justice can also be located on this page.

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Hot Topics

NCSL tracks many criminal justice hot topics like marijuana; human trafficking; juvenile life without parole; death penalty; drug crime policy and other issues.

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Zoom Meeting

Databases

NCSL maintains criminal justice legislation and bill tracking databases. Check out the new community supervision and reentry resources.

 

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Overview