State Policies & Legislation



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For information about jurisdictions authorized to provide offender risk and needs assessment information to the court to inform decision-making at sentencing, visit our State Policies and Legislation page.

  • 2018 BJS Recidivism Report BJS released a new report on arrests of people released from prisons in 30 states in 2005, looking at a recidivism over a 9-year follow-up period (from 2005-2014). read more
  • 50-State Data on Public Safety Workbooks CSG published state-specific workbooks containing data visualizations that show historical trends and data comparisons related to crime, arrests, recidivism, and corrections and help identify opportunities to increase public safety. read more
  • Tennessee’s 2018 Juvenile Justice Reform Act [Watch] Gov. Bill Haslam (R) announced Tennessee’s 2018 Juvenile Justice Reform Act. read more
  • National Prison Rate Continues to Decline More than two-thirds of states cut crime and imprisonment from 2008 to 2016. read more
  • New CSI Brief for Judges Our new brief describes how offender risk and needs assessment information may be used by judges to inform sentencing decisions. read more
  • 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
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.