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.
Policies for Sunset Review
All Model Policies
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. Fairness, justice, equal protection and safety within our criminal justice system, and in communities, are the only means …
WHEREAS, some defendants are denied bail based on a concern that they will fail to appear for court hearings and others are revoked from bail when they actually miss a hearing; WHEREAS, missing a meeting with a probation or parole officer is considered a technical violation of supervision and …
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 …
WHEREAS, epidemics and pandemics threaten public health and well-being, and thus justify expansions of the police power 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 …
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 …