The monetary penalties and legal financial obligations associated with being involved in the criminal justice system—and their effect on low-income defendants—are causing growing concern among policymakers across the country.
NCSL has partnered with Arnold Ventures to develop a database of state law enactments related to reentry and criminal records.
NCSL tracks many criminal justice hot topics like marijuana; human trafficking; juvenile life without parole; death penalty; drug crime policy and other issues.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem, with 2.8 million new TBIs each year. For juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system, TBI—which is both common and often unrecognized—can be a barrier to youths’ rehabilitation and successful reentry back to their homes and communities.
State juvenile justice legislation in 2019 focused on enacting laws that diverting young people from formal court processing, providing alternatives to detention, restoring juvenile court jurisdiction, addressing due process rights, sealing and expunging records and limiting the use of solitary confinement.
NCSL maintains criminal justice legislation and bill tracking databases on juvenile justice, pretrial release and more.