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

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Arizona Republic
Mar 20, 2017

Hundreds of people in Arizona were sentenced to life with chance of parole. Just one problem: It doesn’t exist
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Times-Picayune
Mar 16, 2017

Jurors shouldn’t be told possible mandatory minimums for repeat offenders, La. Supreme Court rules
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Reno Gazette Journal
Mar 15, 2017

Nevada Democrats are trying to restore the voting rights of ex-felons

Resources on State Issues

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

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