State Issues

In this section, you will find policy issues trending in the states.  NBCSL provides coverage of problems that disproportionately affect those who are disadvantaged, and gathers solutions being offered with a particular emphasis on cost-effective and evidence-based models.

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Model Legislation

NBCSL has combed the nation searching for state legislation that should be replicated.  You will find a synopsis of the policy problem, intended solution, and listing of applicable legislation.

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Legislative Updates Archives


NBCSL Resolutions Related to Incarceration and Criminal Justice


RECONNECTING INCARCERATED FAMILIES: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/1367-law-justice-and-ethics-resolution-lje-15-02.html

SUPPORTING REHABILITATION OF OUR RETURNING CITIZENS AND RECORD EXPUNGEMENT: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/1368-law-justice-and-ethics-resolution-lje-15-09.html

SUPPORTING “BAN THE BOX” INITIATIVES TO FACILITATE RE-ENTRY TO THE WORKFORCE: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/1061-law-justice-and-ethics-resolution-lje-14-16.html

IMPROVING NATIONWIDE RECIDIVISM RATES, SENTENCING EQUITY, AND REHABILITATION: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/1062-law-justice-and-ethics-resolution-lje-14-24.html

SUPPORTING THE RESTORATION OF VOTING RIGHTS: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/650-law-justice-and-ethics-policy-resolution-lje-13-19.html

RECOGNIZING THE NEED TO EMPHASIZE EDUCATION OVER INCARCERATION: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/239-law-justice-and-ethics-resolution-lje-12-19.html

REFORM OF PRISON-BASED CENSUS COUNTING: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/75-law-justice-and-ethics-resolution-lje-11-03.html

RESOLUTION REQUIRING MINORITY IMPACT STATEMENTS IN RELATION TO STATE GRANT APPLICATIONS AND CHANGES IN STATE CRIMINAL LAW: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/177-law-justice-and-ethics-resolution-lje-09-14.html

URGING REFORM OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND EXPANSION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS: http://nbcsl.org/public-policy/resolutions/item/201-law-justice-and-ethics-resolution-lje-08-13.html

REPEAL MINIMUM MANDATORY SENTENCING FOR ANY DRUG CRIMES: http://nbcsl.org/downloads/category/1-downloads.html?download=235:repeal-minimum-mandatory-sentencing-for-any-drug-crimes

RE-ENFRANCHISEMENT OF FORMER OFFENDERS: http://nbcsl.org/downloads/category/1-downloads.html?download=236:re-enfranchisement-of-former-offenders:re-enfranchisement-of-former-offenders







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