“In Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2019, Nicole D. Porter highlights key changes in criminal justice policy achieved in 2019. Highlights include:
- Sentencing: California repealed a one-year sentence enhancement for each prior prison or county jail felony term, impacting 10,000 people.
- Felony Disenfranchisement: Nevada and New Jersey expanded voting rights to people on felony probation or parole, impacting 77,000 and 83,000 people, respectively.
- Juvenile Justice: Michigan raised the age at which young defendants are automatically charged as adults from 17 to 18.
- Addressing Racial Disparity: Florida adopted a Senate rule for racial impact statements to assess potential disparities of key criminal justice bills prior to implementation.”