NCSL Criminal Justice Partners Resources


Council of State Governments Justice Center

The Council of State Governments Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Current projects include:

  • The Stepping Up Initiative is a national movement to provide counties with the tools they need to develop cross-system, data-driven strategies that can lead to measurable reductions in the number of people with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders in jail. The National Association of Counties and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation are also partners of this initiative. 
  • The Justice Reinvestment Initiative provides technical assistance to states to implement justice reinvestment strategies and produce publications on the work being done in those states.
  • The National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training and technical assistance on prison reentry under the Second Chance Act of 2007.

Public Welfare Foundation

NCSL also has partnered with the Public Welfare Foundation to provide information to state legislatures on issues related to pretrial release and prisoner reentry and policies that affect successful transition into the community, including offender employment opportunities. Public Welfare Foundation’s Criminal Justice program seeks to establish more effective and fairer criminal justice policies and institutions throughout the nation.

Results First

Results First is an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to help states assess the costs and benefits of policy options, and use that data to make decisions based on results.

Right on Crime

Right on Crime is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation in cooperation with Prison Fellowship that raises awareness of effective criminal justice reforms within the conservative movement. Review the project’s Statement of Principles

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts states’ fiscal health project includes a focus on state and local correctional health care. Research produced by this project has examined correctional health care spending and performance through comprehensive 50-state assessments and other analysis.