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32 high-impact criminal justice legislative reforms ripe for victory in 2024 

01-11-2024 06:05 PM

Originally posted by Wanda Bertram on 11-29-2023

Hi friends,

Today, the Prison Policy Initiative published our annual report detailing timely and winnable criminal justice legislative reform issues. The report identifies 32 actionable reforms that are ripe for victory in state legislatures in 2024 and points to model legislation, best practices, and more information for each. These reforms will reduce the number of people behind bars, make communities safer, and take steps to address long-standing racial inequities in the system. 

We break the reforms into nine categories:

Each reform is annotated with critical context about the problem it seeks to solve, links to high-quality research on the topic, and solutions and legislation that have already been implemented in other states. 

The list is not intended to be a comprehensive platform. Instead, we've curated it to offer policymakers and advocates straightforward solutions that would have a significant impact without further investments in the carceral system. We particularly focused on reforms that would reduce the number of people needless confined in prisons and jails. Additionally, we selected reforms that have gained momentum in recent years, passing in multiple states. 

The report is available at:

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to discuss these reforms further. I hope you find the report and the links useful in your work.

Take care,


Prison Policy Initiative 

Wanda Bertram
Communications Strategist
Prison Policy Initiative

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