Civil and Criminal Justice


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Just and Well: Rethinking How States Approach Competency to Stand Trial

This report outlines the 10 most effective strategies state officials can pursue to improve the competency to stand trial process. Its recommendations represent a consensus view of what competency to stand trial should ideally look like.


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Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy Update

In 2018, NCSL published the Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy, the result of 11 months of work in 2017 by the NCSL Juvenile Justice Principles Work Group. Read both the original report and 2020 update.

Results Driven Governing


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Front-End Justice Resources

Read our overview on law enforcement, a state bill tracking database on law enforcement legislation, a report on police-mental health collaboration programs, and other front-end justice articles and reports.


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Corrections and Sentencing Resources

View Corrections and Sentencing topics, including how data analysis is driving justice reforms, criminal records and reentry laws, cannabis and employment, and our enactment database.


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Juvenile Justice Resources

Read information on juvenile justice topics, including racial and ethnic disparities, our 2019 year-end report, and listen to a podcast on COVID-19 and juvenile justice reform.


Tracking Policy

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