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, victims, and individuals. In addition, our current criminal justice system places tremendous human costs on society. These rates of incarceration and recidivism have a tremendously negative impact on individuals, communities, and families.

In response, the American Legislative Exchange Council began its work in criminal justice and 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 individuals and put the right programs in place to hold those who commit nonviolent offenses accountable while providing them with the resources they need to successfully reenter society. The Criminal Justice Task Force focuses on: corrections and reentry, pretrial release, overcriminalization, sentencing reform, and transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system.

All Model Policies

  • Statement of Principles on Policing and Community Engagement Final

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is strongly committed to expanding opportunity for all, understanding that no individual should feel threatened or be treated differently based on the color of their skin or ethnic background. Fairness, justice, equal protection and safety within our criminal justice system, and in communities, are …

  • Resolution on the Use of Virtual Hearings and Reporting Final

    WHEREAS, when defendants fail to appear in court and a warrant issues for their arrest, they often do not have an easy and simple way to get back on the court’s docket without being rearrested or taken back into custody; WHEREAS, missing a meeting with a probation or parole officer …

  • DUI Assessment & Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Final

    Section 1 If the person has two (2) or more prior Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions, the court shall order the person to undergo an assessment that uses a standardized evidence-based instrument performed by a provider to determine whether the person has a diagnosis for alcohol and/or drug dependence …

  • Resolution on Over Criminalization and Pandemics Final

    WHEREAS, epidemics and pandemics threaten public health and well-being, and thus justify expansions of the police power[1] that, in ordinary circumstances, would be intolerable infringements on individual liberty; WHEREAS, these expansions of power are nevertheless subject to reasonable limitations to ensure that government is no larger than necessary …

  • An Act Regarding Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers Final

    Sec. 1. The relevant state agency shall establish: (1) a comprehensive addiction recovery center certification for eligible entities that meet the requirements of this chapter; and (2) a comprehensive addiction recovery center grant program for the purpose of assisting in the establishment or operation of comprehensive …

  • Resolution on Limiting the Use of Prolonged Solitary Confinement Final

    WHEREAS, solitary confinement or segregation is typically defined as being confined to a cell for between 22 to 24 hours a day. While this often means a single person in a cell of 80 square feet or smaller, in some systems such as the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the …

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