NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

Civil and Criminal Justice

Innovations in Court Efficiencies: Through the lens of consumer debt collection

Latest reports show that total household debt in the United States reached $15.58 trillion, increasing by $333 billion (2.2 percent) in the fourth quarter of 2021, while credit card balances increased by $52 billion. Millions of Americans are sued each year for the collection of these consumer debts and encounter a complicated, backlogged civil legal system. State policymakers are beginning to examine their debt collection policies and trends and assess how these fit into a broader discussion of modernizing civil courts. Join public policy and industry experts to learn more about debt collection lawsuits and what state legislators can do to improve the courts' efficiency and ensure equitable outcomes for all parties involved. This webinar is open to legislators and legislative staff only. Moderator: Michael Hartman, Policy Associate, National Conference of State Legislatures. Speakers: David Reid, General Counsel, Receivables Mgmt. Assoc. Intl., Delegate Alfred C. Carr Jr., Member of the Maryland House of Delegates, District 18, Erika Rickard, Project Director, Civil Legal System Modernization, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Heather Morton, Senior Fellow, National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Cutting Corrections Costs While Preserving Public Safety

Corrections spending typically accounts for around 5% of state general fund budgets annually. Policy changes to reduce admissions and shorten length of stay in prisons and jails, as well as changing responses to community supervision rule violations, can be both fiscally beneficial and encourage successful outcomes for individuals involved with the justice system. Explore policy changes taken in Louisiana to cut corrections while and still keep the public safe.

Information as of May 2021.

Speakers include Elizabeth Compa, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Amanda Essex, NCSL, and James LeBlanc and Natalie LaBorde, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

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Policing Policy Trends Balancing Accountability and Safety

Improving police accountability is a top priority in legislatures across the country. Deaths and other confrontations involving law enforcement continue to drive national conversations about policy and promote review of current state and local laws. Learn about the policies being addressed in statehouses across the country and in Congress. Speakers include Susan Frederick and Amber Widgery, NCSL.

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Criminal Case Backlogs: Consequences of the Pandemic

Learn how many states and local courts suspended jury trials as a public health measure early on in the pandemic and how they are dealing with the case backlogs as a result. Speakers include Anne Teigen, NCSL, Elaine Borakove and Robin Wosje, Justice Management Institute, and Reagan Daly, Institute for State and Local Governance.

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COVID-19: Juvenile Justice Responses

Follow an overview of how COVID-19 is affecting young people in the juvenile justice system and how the system itself is responding to the needs of justice involved youth and their families in the midst of this emergency. Speakers include Anne Teigen, NCSL, Dana Shoenberg, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Judge Steven Teske, Clayton County Juvenile Court, and Heidi Mueller, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

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