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 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.

Meeting Information

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All Model Policies

  • Resolution in Opposition to the Federal Government Criminalizing or Mandating the Appropriate Age of an Individual to Purchase or Use Tobacco Products Draft

    Resolution in Opposition to the Federal Government Criminalizing or Mandating the Appropriate Age of an Individual to Purchase or Use Tobacco Products Whereas, currently there are approximately 4,500 federal criminal statutes and roughly 300,000 federal regulations with criminal penalties and new federal crimes unrelated to reducing crime rates …

  • Resolution in Support of Public Defense Draft

    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 and federal and state constitutions, guarantee all …

  • Model Policy on Probation Period Limits Draft

    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 Draft

    ALEC Model Resolution on Improving Community Supervision Policies and Practices   WHEREAS, probation dates back to the 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 a …

  • The Collateral Consequences Reduction Act – PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IN PDF Draft

      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 …

  • Dignity For Incarcerated Women Final

    SUMMARY: An ACT regarding the care of state incarcerated pregnant women, family visitation rights, the access male correctional officers have in correctional facilities where a female inmate may be in a state of undress, access to feminine hygiene products in correctional facilities, and the education and training of employees of …

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