Each year, nearly 11 million people are booked into local jails. At roughly 18 times the number of admissions to state and federal prisons, such jail churn has a significant impact on individuals, communities and government resources. Often overlooked in this issue: women.
The murder of George Floyd in May 2020 and the nationwide focus on law enforcement policy that followed kicked off an unprecedented state legislative response. Over the next year, more than 3,000 bills were considered across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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.
Visit our juvenile justice homepage for links to reports, maps, chart and the juvenile justice bill tracking database.
Visit the homepage to see our reports, blogs, legislation trackers and other resources that span the front end of the justice system—policy and budget impacts on local justice systems, jails, mental health and competency, and more.
NCSL tracks many criminal justice hot topics like marijuana; human trafficking; juvenile life without parole; death penalty; drug crime policy and other issues.
NCSL maintains criminal justice legislation and bill tracking databases. Check out the new community supervision and reentry resources.