2016-01-15 National Governors Association

A Governor’s Guide to Criminal Justice

Governors play a critical role in ensuring public safety and they oversee the state agencies responsible for implementing those policies and programs, such as corrections, state police, and juvenile justice. To help them define and achieve their priorities, governors rely on expertise and support from a core team of advisors including policy staff, legal counsel, and cabinet secretaries. Those criminal justice policy advisors serve as a primary source of information and play an integral role in the development of state policy.

Although much has been written for policymakers on effective criminal justice programs and initiatives, little has been written specifically for governors on how best to leverage the tools and authorities they have to build effective criminal justice systems. This guide is intended to fill that gap.

View the guide here.