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.

All Model Policies

  • Resolution to Treat 17-Year-Olds As Juveniles Final

    Whereas, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is committed to developing effective criminal justice policies that create safe communities for citizens as well as strong state budgets; and WHEREAS, in more than 80 percent of states 17 year-olds are presumptively processed in the juvenile justice system; and WHEREAS, 17 year-olds …

  • A Bill to Ban the Box on Employment Applications Final

    The Legislature declares that it is the duty of the state of [Insert State Name] to encourage and contribute to the successful reintegration of people with a criminal history. The ability to procure meaningful employment is essential to reinstating good citizenship.  The Legislature also recognizes that reducing barriers to employment …

  • Resolution on Diversion of Low-Level Drug Possession Offenders

      Summary ALEC strongly believes that the use of illegal drugs is highly damaging to individuals, families, and communities. We also recognize that many of those arrested for possessing small amounts of drugs are struggling with addiction and that prison is often an ineffective intervention, which is also extremely …

  • Resolution to Prioritize Victim Restitution

    Summary This resolution supports efforts by states to prioritize restitution over all criminal justice fines, fees and obligations. Model Resolution WHEREAS, restitution is a critical mechanism by which the criminal justice system acknowledges and addresses the direct harm on victims and survivors of crime; WHEREAS, failure to collect ordered …

  • Resolution in Support of Judicial Discretion to Grant Order of Nondisclosure in Low-Level Drug Possession Cases

    Summary This Resolution recognizes the importance of adopting nondisclosure policies that enable those convicted of low-level drug possession offenses to obtain a fresh start after a reasonable period of exemplary conduct and demonstration of rehabilitation following their offense, with an appropriate level of judicial and prosecutorial involvement commensurate with …

  • Resolution to Promote Public Safety through Just and Reasonable Prison Phone Rates

    Resolution to Promote Public Safety through Just and Reasonable Prison Phone Rates Summary This resolution supports efforts by states to provide reasonable phone rates for intrastate calls placed from correctional facilities in order protect public safety by encouraging contact between incarcerated individuals and their families and friends. Model …

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