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

  • Criminal Justice Data Transparency Model Final

    SECTION 1. Legislative Purpose and Findings a) 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. b) It is found …

  • Resolution in Support of Establishing Efficient and Fair Criminal Law Discovery Practices Final

    Resolution: WHEREAS, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is committed to developing effective and fair criminal justice policies that create safe communities for citizens as well as strong state budgets; and WHEREAS, in some states, existing criminal law discovery practices limit the production or sharing of information that is in …

  • 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 …

  • RESOLUTION ON “DRUG-FREE ZONES” Final

    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 …

  • RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF REENTRY PROGRAMS Final

    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 …

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