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.
Policies for Sunset Review
- Resolution to Prioritize Victim Restitution
- Resolution in Support of Judicial Discretion to Grant Order of Nondisclosure in Low-Level Drug Possession Cases
- Juvenile Justice Act
- Criminal Records Confidentiality Act
- Resolution to Promote Public Safety through Just and Reasonable Prison Phone Rates
- Accuracy in Criminal Records Act
- Resolution in Support of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Standards
- Resolution in Support of Voucher-Based Models for Selection of Counsel for Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases
All Model Policies
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 …
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 …
Resolution in Support of Public Defense WHEREAS, the United States Constitution guarantees “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense”; WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court, federal and state courts, and federal and state …
Model Policy on Probation Period Limits Section 1. In imposing an order of probation, the court shall specify at the time of sentencing the length of any term during which the defendant is to be supervised, and that the term of probation may be continued, extended, or terminated.
ALEC Model Resolution on Improving Community Supervision Policies and Practices WHEREAS, probation dates back to England in the Middle Ages and stemmed from a public desire for alternatives for many offenses to harsh punishments by the King such as flogging and mutilation, and still serves …
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 STATE …