First Appearance


The First Appearance is an NCSL electronic newsletter for state legislators, legislative staff and others interested in pretrial release and other front-end justice policies. This newsletter provides monthly updates on state action, new research and the latest news.

This newsletter is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, which seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

To subscribe to this newsletter, visit the subscription center.

Current and previous issues, including issues of the former Pretrial Quarterly newsletter, can always be accessed on this page.

Current issue of the First Appearance

First Appearance Archive

Pretrial Quarterly Archive


Email NCSL's Criminal Justice Program to subscribe or call 303-364-7700