Nationally, people experiencing a mental health crisis are more likely to encounter law enforcement than medical assistance. What is less common is that law enforcement officers across the country, particularly in small or rural jurisdictions, have access to partnerships and resources that are better equipped to handle such crises and can offer alternatives to arrest.
Deaths and other confrontations involving law enforcement continue to drive national conversations about policy and promote review of current state and local laws. State lawmakers can have a significant impact on law enforcement by promoting transparency; providing a framework for best practices, oversight, training and officer wellness; and encouraging appropriate use of emerging technology.
Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (CJCCs), which bring together stakeholders to explore and respond to issues in the criminal justice system, are among the ways legislatures can engage with local governments to produce criminal justice reform. NCSL conducted interviews with four individuals engaged with their local CJCCs. Read the interviews and learn more about CJCCs.
State law governs the process of clearing, sealing or expunging a criminal record. These laws can be complex and many times are dependent by type of offense. If a person is eligible for record clearing and files a petition with the court, filing fees are usually required. NCSL’s Criminal Records and Reentry State Law Charts provide statutory citations and concise information on state laws related to record clearing and reentry.
NCSL maintains criminal justice legislation and bill tracking databases. Check out the new community supervision and reentry resources.
NCSL tracks many criminal justice hot topics like marijuana; human trafficking; juvenile life without parole; death penalty; drug crime policy and other issues.
Join us at NCSL Base Camp 2020, and listen to Barry Friedman at the session on Policing Perspectives: State Oversight and Community Engagement. Learn more