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.
All Model Policies
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 …
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 …
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF LIMITING DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS TO VIOLATIONS THAT INVOLVE DANGEROUS DRIVING Final
Summary: A person whose driver’s license is suspended will often find it more difficult to earn a living and therefore pay the debt they owe to the government. The number of individuals with a suspended license also places a burden on the limited resources of law enforcement. This resolution encourages …
TITLE: GRAND JURY DUE REFORM ACT SUMMARY: The purpose of this act is to provide greater transparency, accountability, and fairness for the accused during grand jury proceedings. States that still permit grand jury proceedings ought to have certain safeguards to preserve an accused’s due process protections. SECTION 1.
RESOLUTION ON RAISING FELONY THEFT THRESHOLDS Summary: This Resolution supports raising felony theft thresholds, as many current state felony theft thresholds were set years or decades ago, and have not been updated to reflect economic growth, nor changes in the value of consumer goods. For example, a …
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 …