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National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Added Mar 9, 2009

7700 East First Place
Denver, CO 80230

Phone (303)-364-7700

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is also an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.

Areas of focus

NCSL is called upon to distill and provide information to lawmakers of the 50 states at critical points in their process of reviewing, developing and designing new policies. For any issue a state legislature may deals with, NCSL has a policy expert on staff who covers that issue — from health to environment, criminal and juvenile justice, education, etc.

Partners and clients

NCSL's Criminal Justice Program currently has a partnership project with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change initiative to inform and assist state legislatures on juvenile justice issues. The project is designed to respond to state legislative interests, build leadership capacity for review and reform of juvenile justice and disseminate the good work of Models for Change to lawmakers and staff.

Strategies and services

  • Provide information and training on Models for Change and juvenile justice issues to members and staff of state legislatures.
  • Prepare and distribute credible information on juvenile justice-related policies.
  • Facilitate communication on juvenile justice issues among state lawmakers, state and local leaders and national organizations and experts.
  • Provide assistance that helps inform legislative proceedings; monitor and report on juvenile justice issues; and be a conduit for information and idea exchange among states.

Juvenile Justice Database

Under NCSL's partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, a Juvenile Justice Legislation Database was developed to bring you up-to-date juvenile justice bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

For more information contact Sarah Hammond at 303-856-1361 or