Criminal Justice Reform
Many across the political and ideological spectrum are coalescing around the movement to reform our criminal justice system. The task of reforming criminal justice in the United States uniquely falls to state and local officials. State attorneys general across the country are well underway in this effort, using an array of approaches to address systemic issues, such as reducing mass incarceration, addressing law enforcement practices, proposing reforms in sentencing, spearheading innovative initiatives, joining broad based coalitions/task forces and using the power of the office to encourage and promote reform generally.
In This Section:
National Association of Attorneys General Resources
Examples of State AG Initiatives
Alabama | California | Delaware | Georgia
Illinois | Iowa | Massachusetts | New Jersey
New York | Rhode Island | Wisconsin | Wyoming
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL RESOURCES
2016 Presidential Summit - "To Protect and Serve with 21st Century Policing"
Each incoming NAAG President introduces an initiative that will serve as the cornerstone issue to be addressed during their one-year term. As current NAAG President, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley identified 21st century policing as the issue to be addressed for the 2015-2016 term. Association resources will be used to raise public awareness and foster a conversation among state attorneys general, local and federal officials and members of the general public on how best to address this issue. In furtherance of this mission, AG Jackley hosted a summit in Deadwood, South Dakota on May 1-3, 2016.
2016 Winter Meeting
Criminal justice reform took center stage at the 2016 NAAG National Meeting in Washington D.C. A host of panel discussions focused on the multifaceted approaches to reforming the criminal justice system across jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Alabama Prison Reform Task Force
AG Division of Recidivism, Reduction and Reentry
Pattern and Practice Review of Chicago Police Department
AG Supported Bill to Release Nonviolent Drug Offenders
Criminal Justice Reform Generally
Prosecutors Supervision and Training Bureau
- "The Prosecutors Supervision and Training Bureau performs the administrative and programmatic duties to fulfill the Attorney General’s statutory mandate to exercise general supervisory authority over each of the twenty-one County Prosecutors’ offices and their respective local police departments. In this capacity, the Bureau coordinates the implementation of statewide law enforcement initiatives and mandates, provides analysis concerning proposed legislation of importance to law enforcement, and provides legal advice and training to members of the law enforcement community on a variety of police, prosecutorial and law enforcement management related issues. The Bureau also performs a number of supervisory functions, such as performing periodic office and program management reviews, gathering information concerning various law enforcement functions, maintaining guidelines for internal affairs operations within law enforcement agencies and overseeing expenditures and management of forfeiture funds by law enforcement agencies."
Law Enforcement Directives
Review of Police Shootings
Justice Reinvestment Working Group
AG Model Policy and Procedure
Wisconsin Criminal Justice Study Commission
AG Proposal to Curb Prisoner Population
William Hamilton, Centralized State Criminal Prosecution At The State Level: The Floridian Approach
Gregory D. Morril, Prosecutorial Investigations Using Grand Jury Reports: Due Process and Political Accountability Concerns
Yujing Wu, The State Attorney General: An Important But Neglected Player in Implementing Anti-Bullying Measures