Criminal Justice Reform

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 Reform, aimed to advance proven criminal justice reforms based on over two decades of data-driven research and practice.

Members of the Criminal Justice Reform 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 Reform Task Force focuses on three key areas: Corrections and Reentry, Pretrial Release and Overcriminalization.

Meeting Information

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    SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS. A. “Forensic science” is the application of scientific or technical practices to the recognition, collection, analysis, and interpretation of evidence for criminal and civil law or regulatory issues. B. “Forensic scientific evidence” shall include scientific or technical knowledge; a testifying forensic analyst’s or expert’s scientific or …

  • Pre-Arrest Diversion Draft

    Model Policy Section 1. Local communities and public or private educational institutions may adopt a prearrest diversion program in which: (a) Law enforcement officers, at their sole discretion, may issue civil citations to certain adults who commit a qualifying nonviolent misdemeanor offense listed in Section 2. A civil …

  • Resolution on Criminal Justice Fines and Fees Final

    Summary This Resolution supports ensuring that fines and fees imposed by the criminal justice system are reasonable, transparent, and proportionate, and not in conflict with the goals of improving public safety, reducing recidivism, ensuring victims receive restitution, and enabling offenders and ex-offenders to meet obligations to their families, especially children.

  • Criminal Intent Protection Act Final

    {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title.}  This Act may be cited as the “The Criminal Intent Protection Act.” Section 2. {Legislative Purpose and Findings.} The purpose of this Act is to enact default rules of application to ensure that criminal intent (mens rea) requirements are adequate …

  • The Treating Accused Persons Fairly Act Final

    {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title.} This Act may be cited as “The Treating Accused Persons Fairly Act of 2011” Section 2. {Congressional Purpose.} The purpose of this Act is to reduce the risk of injustice stemming from State and local criminal offenses and penalties …

  • Resolution on DNA Testing and Victims’ Rights Final

    WHEREAS, a primary role of state government is to ensure public safety; and WHEREAS, the efficient use of DNA technology is paramount to helping law enforcement identify the guilty and to preserving and protecting victims’ rights to justice and due process; and WHEREAS, victims must go …

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