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December 2017 , Page 55 

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State Criminal Justice Network - Legislative Update

By Monica L. Reid

2017 State Legislative Victories Summary

Each year, NACDL affiliates, members of the State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) and other advocates work diligently at the state level to bring about reform of key criminal justice issues. At the end of each year, the goal is to highlight the various legislative victories in numerous jurisdictions. In addition, during the 2017 legislative session, NACDL tracked over 26 criminal justice issues ranging from asset forfeiture reform to surveillance reform. Many of the issues NACDL tracked around the country had successful outcomes.

In addition to the progressive reforms addressed below, state affiliates were successful in pushing back against regressive criminal justice legislation. For example, the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) was successful in defeating HB 178, which would have made it possible for the state to charge a dealer with murder for the death of someone who overdoes on heroin. Additionally, se

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