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, 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.


All Model Policies

  • Resolution in Support of a Criminal Justice Ombudsman Program

    Model Resolution WHEREAS, when there is a law enforcement related shooting or in-custody death, a police department conducting its own investigation or appointing another police department in the region to do so only leads to a potential conflict of interest and undermines community trust in the process. An independent entity…

  • Fines and Fees Reporting Act

    Model Policy 1. Purpose. Under municipal, county and state law, governmental entities can impose criminal and civil fines and fees. This authority can be misused to unjustly generate revenue. It is the responsibility of state legislators to monitor the use of fines and fees to ensure that they…

  • Resolution on Faith-Based Programming

    Model Resolution Whereas, [insert state] is committed to improving the lives of those serving their sentences in correctional facilities and upholds the First Amendment right concerning freedom of religion; and Whereas, access to rehabilitative programming while incarcerated contributes to a safe and constructive correctional culture and successful reentry; and Whereas,…

  • Resolution in Support of Enhancing Police Officer Training, Wellness, and Support Mechanisms

    Model Resolution WHEREAS, basic officer training requirements vary widely, ranging from 404 hours in Georgia to slightly more than 1,000 in Hawaii; and WHEREAS, a Department of Justice report examining the content of police training in the U.S. found a greater focus on physical and technical skills than on human…

  • Resolution in Support of Police Data Transparency

    Model Resolution WHEREAS, police officers fulfill one of the most challenging and important roles in our society, carrying out their mission to serve and protect all Americans even at great risk to themselves, and, though the vast majority of officers perform exceptionally, transparency and accountability are valuable both to promote…

  • Statement of Principles on Policing and Community Engagement

    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 or ethnic background. Fairness, justice, equal protection and safety within our criminal justice system, and in communities, are…

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