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

  • 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 …

  • Jailhouse Informant Regulations Final

    Summary: This model provides for greater transparency and disclosure during critical stages of litigation concerning the use of jailhouse informants or incarcerated witnesses. This includes requiring the state to disclose any benefit, such as a reduction of sentence, offered to the witness in exchange for their testimony. It also …


    Summary: This resolution supports reforming “Drug-Free Zone” laws. Many Drug-Free Zone laws establish mandatory sentences and enhanced penalties for drug crimes committed within certain areas designated by statute. These areas often extend 1,000 feet or more – up to three miles – beyond the real property of schools, parks, and …


    Summary: This Resolution serves to raise awareness of the need for sound reentry policies. Roughly 96% of all incarcerated individuals will be released from prison and smart reentry policies will help reduce recidivism rates and make the public safer. Model Resolution WHEREAS, every person is endowed with human dignity and …


    Summary: A person whose driver’s license is suspended will often find it more difficult to earn a living and therefore pay the debt they owe to the government. The number of individuals with a suspended license also places a burden on the limited resources of law enforcement. This resolution encourages …

  • Grand Jury Due Reform Act Final

    TITLE: GRAND JURY DUE REFORM ACT SUMMARY: The purpose of this act is to provide greater transparency, accountability, and fairness for the accused during grand jury proceedings. States that still permit grand jury proceedings ought to have certain safeguards to preserve an accused’s due process protections. SECTION 1.

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