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.

 

Meeting Information

Task Force Meeting Agenda

Thursday December 1, 2022

1:45 PM – 4:45 PM

1:45 PM              Call to Order: Introductions

1:50 PM              Approval of Minutes from Annual Meeting 2022

2:00 PM              New Model Resolution: Resolution in Support of Effective Strategies to Support Law Enforcement and Reduce Violent Crime

2:30 PM              New Model Policy: Fines and Fees at Sentencing Act

2:50 PM              New Model Policy: Act to Prepare Inmates for Re-entry and the Workforce

3:10 PM              New Model Resolution: Resolution on Ensuring the Constitutional Right to Trial by Ameliorating the Trial Penalty

3:40 PM              Model Policy Update: Amendments to the Fines and Fees Reporting Act

4:00 PM              New Model Resolution: Resolution on Mental Health and Criminal Justice

4:20 PM              New Model Policy: Record Expungement Act

4:40 PM              For the Good of the Order

4:45 PM              Adjournment

All Model Policies

  • Record Expungement Act Draft

    Section 1. Expungement of Other Convictions (1) Except as otherwise provided in this act, a person who is convicted of 1 or more criminal offenses may file an application with the convicting court for the entry of an order setting aside 1 or more convictions as follows: (a)…

  • Resolution on Mental Health and Criminal Justice Draft

    WHEREAS, violent crime and suicide have significantly increased since 2020 and, though numerous factors still being studied are likely contributing factors, a rise in mental health problems has been linked to both the pandemic and restrictions imposed in response to it; and WHREAS, research shows, though the vast majority of…

  • Fines and Fees at Sentencing Act Draft

    Section 1: Short title. This act may be cited as the Fines and Fees at Sentencing Act. Section 2: Definitions. “Ability to pay” means the defendant’s current capability to pay court-ordered fines, fees, or other financial sanctions without economic hardship. “Economic hardship” means an interference with the ability to cover…

  • Resolution in Support of Effective Strategies to Support Law Enforcement and Reduce Violent Crime Draft

    WHEREAS, the United States is in the midst of a troubling crime wave. 2019 to 2020 saw the single largest year-to-year increase in murders in our nation’s history, a trend that continued into 2021. Many jurisdictions, such as Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, have seen carjackings double, triple,…

  • Amendments to the Fines and Fees Reporting Act Draft

    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 are…

  • Act to Prepare Inmates for Re-entry and the Workforce Draft

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ­­­__________: SECTION 1. (A) When any inmate shall be discharged from an institution of the Department of Corrections and the intended residence designated by the inmate is within this state, the Department of Corrections shall provide the inmate with relevant…

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