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Civil and Criminal Justice

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Criminal Background checks

NEW: Ban the Box

“Ban the box” policies arose from a belief that employers should consider a job candidate’s qualifications first—without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. Many ban the box policies provide applicants a fair chance at employment by removing conviction and arrest history questions from job applications and delaying background checks until later in the hiring process.

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NEW: Automatic Expungement of Adult Criminal Records

State lawmakers are increasingly interested in statutory provisions that automatically clear a person’s criminal record.

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CIVIL & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Civil and Criminal Justice

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Civil Justice Resources

Civil Justice Resources

Visit the homepage for our latest blogs, charts and research on civil justice topics like debt collection, child custody, protection orders, evictions, foreclosures and bankruptcy.

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Law Enforcement Overview

Law Enforcement Overview

Visit our homepage to access the legislation tracker, statute database, summary of police-mental health collaboration programs and other law enforcement resources.

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Sentencing and Corrections Resources

Sentencing and Corrections Resources

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.

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Hot Topics

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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Databases

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

 

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