Racial Disparity State Reforms

State reforms that facilitate or require the preparation of racial impact statements for criminal justice-related bills. 


The State Senate has partnered with Florida State University's College of Criminology & Criminal Justice to analyze how criminal justice legislation could impact the racial and ethnic disparities in Florida's criminal justice system.


SB 256 permits any member of the General Assembly to request the preparation of a racial and ethnic impact statement with respect to certain bills and amendments.


New Jersey 
S. 677 requires racial and ethnic impact statements for certain bills and regulations affecting sentencing.


SB 463 requires Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to create, upon written request of one member of Legislative Assembly from each major political party, racial and ethnic impact statement for proposed legislation or state measure.


HF 2393 allows policymakers to assess the racial impact of proposed changes to sentencing and parole policies. Iowa passed the nation's first racial impact statement bill.

Since 2008, the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission (MSGC) voluntarily elected to prepare racial impact statements on proposed crime bills pending before the legilature. 

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