FROM THE DESK OF
Len Engel, Director of Policy and Campaigns
CJI friends –
Now that most state legislative sessions have concluded, I’d like to share some thoughts. Criminal justice was on many state legislative agendas. Some states, like Oklahoma and Florida, missed opportunities. And Alaska rolled back a criminal justice law that opponents blamed for increasing crime, despite the fact that the rate had been increasing well before the law passed.
Other states focused legislation on improving key components of their criminal justice systems. In one notable advancement, Utah became the second state to pass clean slate legislation mandating the automatic sealing of certain criminal records.
Nevada was a standout, passing 2019’s most comprehensive package. The state reviewed its criminal justice system and adopted transformational policies – reforms that will improve public safety and increase access to crucially needed behavioral health alternatives.
With support from CJI,
state leaders researched, crafted, and passed an impressive bipartisan reform package
Truly something to be proud of!
Nevada state leaders’ commitment to effective interventions aims to reduce crime
and recidivism. We are excited to continue to support Nevada as it implements these important changes.
Nevada benefitted from the counsel of many of you. We are especially grateful for the support and guidance from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative funders, Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice and Pew Charitable Trusts.
Thank you all.
To learn more about the Nevada legislation, see below.