• Risk and Needs Assessment New! Profiles of jurisdictions using risk and needs assessment at sentencing. read more
  • Judicial Branch Leadership Briefs New! Report of judicial branch leadership on sentencing and corrections reforms. read more
  • Max Out New Pew report on the rise in prison inmates released without supervision. read more
  • Recidivism in 30 States New BJS report on prisoner recidivism. read more
  • Growth of Incarceration New report by the National Academy of Sciences. read more
  • Judging for Public Safety Four chief justices answer questions about promoting reform in Judging for Public Safety. read more
Supporting sentencing reform efforts nationwide

With the support of the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) launched a national sentencing reform project, "Getting Smarter About Sentencing" in 2006.

The Center for Sentencing Initiatives (CSI) works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators to implement their resolution In Support of Sentencing Practices that Promote Public Safety and Reduce Recidivism.

CSI conducts research, provides information and tools, offers education and technical assistance, facilitates cross-state learning and collaboration, and promotes the use of evidence-based sentencing practices that protect the public, hold offenders accountable, and reduce recidivism. In addition, CSI continues the NCSC's seminal work on the role and performance of sentencing commissions.

CSI's work has been supported by The Pew Public Safety Performance Project; the State Justice Institute; and the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U. S. Department of Justice in addition to the NCSC.