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

  • 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, provide relative to …

  • Criminal Justice Data Transparency Model Draft

    SUMMARY: The purpose of this act is to create a model of uniform criminal justice data collection by requiring local and state criminal justice agencies to report complete, accurate, and timely data, and making such data available to the public. SECTION 1. Legislative Purpose and Findings a) The purpose of …

  • Dignity For Incarcerated Women Draft

    SUMMARY: To improve the treatment of female inmates. To prohibit the use of restraints and restrictive housing on inmates during the period of pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery. ___________________________________ SPONSOR: ______________________________________ An ACT regarding the care of state incarcerated pregnant women, family visitation rights, the access male …


    Summary: This model policy will encourage transparency by states using risk assessment tools in the criminal justice system and seek more fair and equitable outcomes for those directly affected by them. A. All risk algorithms or artificial intelligence programs used within the criminal justice system to predict or assign risk …


    Summary: This Resolution encourages states to establish efficient and fair criminal law discovery practices requiring that the accused promptly receive all unprivileged information within the possession of relevant entities involved in the investigation and prosecution of a case prior to a plea agreement except in the event of a judicially …

  • Resolution in Support of Establishing a Minimum Age of Delinquency Adjudication of At Least 10-Years-Old Final

    Summary: This Resolution encourages states to establish a minimum age of delinquency adjudication of at least 10-years-old provided that there is a civil mechanism for providing mandatory services, including residential care where appropriate, for youths below that age. Resolution: Whereas, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is committed to developing …

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