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Alison Lawrence

Policy Specialist, Criminal Justice Program

NCSL

Direct Phone: (303) ***-****       

NCSL

7700 East First Place

Denver, Colorado 80230

United States

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NCSL's Ethics Center has compiled, and continues to update, state-by-state data of ethics laws that affect state legislators and lobbyists. Gift giving and receiving is prohibited in all states if it influences official action. From that point on, state ... more

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Senior Policy Specialist
National Conference

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Correctional Management Inc

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Alison Lawrence, a senior ...

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Alison Lawrence, a senior policy specialist at the NCSL, said many states are caught in the push and pull of budget constraints and constituents seeking tougher penalties for criminals. Page 2 of 2 - Few states have passed comprehensive adjustments to their sentencing guidelines, she said, but those that have seen major prison population drops include Georgia, which passed a comprehensive raft of legislation in 2012, and California, which was forced to reform sentencing guidelines by a federal court order in 2011.


Last year, Maryland, North Dakota and ...

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Last year, Maryland, North Dakota and Oklahoma gave judges more discretion to exempt some people from mandatory minimums, according to Alison Lawrence of the National Conference of State Legislatures.


Last year, Maryland, North Dakota and ...

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Last year, Maryland, North Dakota and Oklahoma gave judges more discretion to exempt some people from mandatory minimums, according to Alison Lawrence of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Last year, Maryland, North Dakota and Oklahoma gave judges more discretion to exempt some people from mandatory minimums, according to Alison Lawrence of the National Conference of State Legislatures.States are also looking to get people who are already in the criminal-justice system out faster and to help them transition back into society while on parole.One option is "presumptive parole," which means presuming that inmates are eligible for parole, rather than requiring them to persuade parole boards to release them, an approach Mississippi adopted in 2015.


Overall, state prison populations across ...

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Overall, state prison populations across the nation have dropped slightly for the past three years, though about half the states are seeing increases in inmate counts and struggling with overcrowding, said Alison Lawrence of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lawrence said a handful of states, including Texas, Colorado and South Carolina, have succeeded in reducing prison populations by diverting more drug offenders into treatment programs instead of prison, and making other sentencing reforms. "Justice reinvestment" is a new buzz term in the corrections community, she said. That includes more keenly analyzing the impact on prison populations of new laws that increase prison sentences, and whether they will actually improve public safety, Lawrence said.


"The idea is that you can ...

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"The idea is that you can at least get a face-to-face interview and be considered on merit, not on your record," said Alison Lawrence, a senior policy specialist on criminal justice for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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