• 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
  • Sentencing and Corrections Reform Editorial by New York Times columnist Bill Keller on sentencing and corrections reform. read more
  • Smarter Sentencing Reforms Attorney General Holder calls for smarter sentencing reforms that give judges more discretion. read more
  • Reinvestment Initiatives Report from the Urban Institute shows positive results of Justice Reinvestment Initiatives. 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.