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.

  • ALI's Model Penal Code on Sentencing The 2017 revised Model Penal Code provisions on sentencing are available from the American Law Institute. read more
  • Louisiana Adopts Landmark Reforms Governor John Bel Edwards (D) signed a broadly bipartisan package of 10 bills June 15 that aims to reduce crime and incarceration. read more
  • Montana Governor Signs JRI Bills In the spring of 2017, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed a series of bills that were developed as part of a justice reinvestment approach and are expected to significantly improve the state’s criminal justice system. 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
  • New CSI Brief for Judges Our new brief describes how an evidence-based approach can inform judicial responses to probation violations. read more
  • After the Fact Podcast A new podcast from The Pew Charitable Trusts shares the numbers and trends that shape some of society’s biggest challenges. 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.