Budgetary crises and the recognition that current policy is not working, have prompted policymakers and activists to pursue criminal justice reform at the state level. During 2011, legislatures in nearly 30 states adopted over 50 criminal justice policy reforms in the areas of sentencing, probation and parole, collateral consequences and juvenile justice geared toward reducing overcrowded prison and jail populations.

Recent news on State Issues

The Real News
Apr 23, 2017

Maryland Disproportionately Arrests Blacks for Marijuana but Rejects Diversity in Medical Licenses
USA Today
Apr 21, 2017

The price of justice doesn’t cover the bills
Associated Press
Apr 20, 2017

Prison company struggles to get license to hold children

Resources on State Issues

Justice Policy Institute
Mar 7, 2017
Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration
Feb 13, 2017
Briefing sheet
NAACP, Washington, D.C
Feb 8, 2017
PreTrial Justice Institute, University of Pretrial Library
Jan 24, 2017
Vera Institute for Justice
Jan 14, 2017

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