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

  • The Collateral Consequences Reduction Act – PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IN PDF Draft

      The Collateral Consequences Reduction Act A bill for an act relating to occupational regulations; establishing a process to review criminal record to reduce offenders’ disqualifications from state recognition; and proposing coding for new law as ____________, chapter ____.   BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE …

  • Dignity For Incarcerated Women Final

    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 …

  • An Act to Expand the Contours and Applicability of the Affirmative Defense of “Mistake of Law” In Criminal Cases Final

    Summary: This model policy seeks to expand, in a subset of criminal cases (particularly nonviolent 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 law by a prosecutor, a subsequently …


    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 …

  • An Act to End Regulatory Criminalization Final

    Summary: An act to prohibit the creation of criminal offenses not subject to the strictures of bicameralism and presentment. SEC. 1 | DEFINITIONS 1. Regulatory “catchall” provision—A provision in legislation that prescribes penalties (specifically criminal penalties, for the purposes of this legislation) for the violation of a rule, or …

  • Bail Agent Education and Licensing Act Final

    Bail Agent Education and Licensing Act Summary This Act would establish a state bail bond regulatory board to monitor and license bail bondsmen. The Act would also set educational standards for licensed bail bondsmen and establish penalties and conditions for license revocation. Model Policy {Title, enacting …

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