Criminal Justice

Task Force Description

Currently, nearly one in every 100 American adults is behind bars and once released from prison more than four in ten return within three years. This failing system costs federal, state and local governments approximately $85 billion, yet does not deliver adequate public safety results for taxpayers and victims. In addition to the enormous budgetary costs, our current criminal justice system places tremendous human costs on society.

In response, the American Legislative Exchange Council began its work in Criminal Justice, aimed to advance proven criminal justice reforms based on over two decades of data-driven research and practice.

Members of the Criminal Justice Task Force advance solutions that refocus criminal justice resources on dangerous offenders and put the right programs in place to hold non-violent offenders accountable while providing them with the resources they need to become contributing members of society. The Criminal Justice Task Force focuses on three key areas: Corrections and Reentry, Pretrial Release and Overcriminalization.

Meeting Information

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All Model Policies

  • Citizens’ Right to Know: Pretrial Release Act Sunset Review

    Citizens’ Right to Know: Pretrial Release Act Summary This Act demands that pretrial service agencies reveal their budgets and staffing, number and kind of release recommendations made, number of defendants released and under what type of bond, number of times a defendant has been released, his FTA record, …

  • Constitutional Amendment For Victim’s Rights Sunset Review

    Constitutional Amendment For Victim’s Rights Summary This Act would establish a bill of rights for victims of violent crimes. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title.} “This Act may be cited as the Constitutional Amendment for Victims Rights” Section 2. {Definitions.} As used in this Act: (A) …

  • Dignity For Incarcerated Women Draft

    SUMMARY: An ACT regarding the care of state incarcerated pregnant women, family visitation rights, the access male correctional officers have in correctional facilities where a female inmate may be in a state of undress, access to feminine hygiene products in correctional facilities, and the education and training of employees of …

  • Theft Prevention Diversion Programs Draft

    Summary: This policy will provide for theft prevention programs and reduce recidivism rates of nonviolent shoplifters. AN ACT Relative to theft of goods, this act will provide a mechanism for theft prevention programs, prohibit the exclusion of participants based upon certain factors, provide relative to a fee, …

  • AN ACT TO EXPAND THE CONTOURS AND APPLICABILITY OF THE AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE OF “MISTAKE OF LAW” IN CRIMINAL CASES Draft

    Summary: This model policy seeks to expand, in a subset of criminal cases (specifically those not involving violent, drug, or property offenses), the applicability of a “mistake of law” defense beyond its current contours, which, in most states, requires a defendant to establish reliance on an official interpretation of the …

  • AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE CRIMINAL CODE RECODIFICATION COMMISSION Draft

    Summary: A model policy to address the counterintuitive codification of criminal offenses at the state level by establishing a recodification commission to assemble, and present to the legislature for amendment and potential adoption, a single, comprehensive criminal code. SEC. 1 | COMMISSION ESTABLISHED There is established the Criminal Code …

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