Issues Archive

  • Criminal Justice, Corrections, and Sentencing Reform

    NGA’s Work with Governors  Many states have enacted and implemented some type of criminal justice reform, and justice system improvements. Each year, through NGA’s annual Institute for State Criminal Justice and Public ...

  • Justice Information Sharing

    The power of information technology is multiplied when information is shared between different parts of the justice system. The challenges that accompany information sharing, or “IT integration” are complex. ...

  • Public Safety

    The NGA Center Public Safety Program serves the needs of governors and their policy advisors in a broad range of criminal, sentencing, corrections and justice-related policies. Governors are deeply concerned about public ...

  • Public Health Preparedness

    The unexpected outbreaks of Ebola in 2014 and the Zika virus in 2015-16, among others, highlighted the need for states to prepare for all hazards, not just natural disasters and terrorist attacks. The pervasive threat of ...

  • Energy Assurance

    The production facilities, transportation networks and distribution infrastructure that comprise the nation’s energy sector represent both a key economic asset and a significant national vulnerability. The U.S. economy ...

  • Preventing Targeted Violence

    In August 2017, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Terrorism Prevention Partnerships awarded NGA a two-year grant to enable governors assist public and private entities and communities prevent acts of ...

  • Emergency Preparedness

    Governors are responsible for coordinating state and local resources to effectively prepare for and respond to major emergencies including accidents, terrorist incidents and natural disasters. The NGA Center provides ...

  • Juvenile Justice

    Governors and state leaders are committed to improving outcomes for youth, and states have adopted comprehensive juvenile justice reforms to improve outcomes for youth involved in the justice system. The focus of these ...

  • Traffic Fatality and Injury Prevention

    Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, there were 42,159 unintentional pedestrian, motor vehicle, motorcyclist and cyclist fatalities in the United States. In 2016, 10,497 people ...

  • Opioid and Illicit Drug Use

    Governors have long been at the forefront of efforts to prevent and treat opioid use disorder (OUD), working with health care providers, law enforcement and other stakeholders to mount a comprehensive response to the opioid ...

  • Homeland Security

    Governors play a critical role in homeland security. State and local law enforcement and health personnel provide the first line of defense in protecting critical infrastructure and public health and safety. When an incident ...

  • Health Care Workforce

    Governors know that an accessible, flexible and skilled health care workforce is vital to improve the health of residents, control cost and accelerate economic development within the state. A competent workforce is critical ...