State Policies & Legislation

This interactive map identifies states authorized to provide offender risk and needs assessment info to the court to inform decision-making at sentencing.

  • New CSI Brief for Judges Our new brief describes how an evidence-based approach can inform judicial responses to probation violations. read more
  • Less Incarceration, Less Crime States are finding new ways to get smart on crime and, in the process, changing how America views crime and punishment. read more
  • Alaska 2016 Criminal Justice Reforms A Pew Public Safety Performance Project report describes AK’s 2016 pretrial, sentencing, and corrections reforms and their projected impacts. read more
  • National Imprisonment and Crime Rates Continue to Fall A Pew Public Safety Performance Project fact sheet reports national reductions in crime and imprisonment rates in the states. read more
  • Pew Evaluates MO Policy A new Pew study found that the MO earned compliance credits policy reduced the state supervised population by 18% without increasing recidivism. read more
  • AK Justice Reinvestment Act Signed into Law On July 11, 2016, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed S. B. 91, a comprehensive package of criminal justice reforms, into law. read more
What is the Center for Sentencing Initiatives?

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 project, "Getting Smarter About Sentencing," in 2006 to support state court sentencing reform efforts nationwide.

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.

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