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Homeland Security & Public Safety Division Publications

September 27, 2017

State Approaches to Implementing Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration for Youth Involved in the Justice System

A new issue brief from the National Governors Association identifies recent state efforts to adopt alternatives to incarceration and discusses effective approaches that governors can take to implement reform strategies.


April 14, 2017

Improving Emergency Communications Through Governance

A new white paper from the National Governors Association outlines how collaboration and participation between the governor and relevant emergency response stakeholders are essential for a state to maintain, improve and ensure interoperable public safety communication capabilities.


March 17, 2017

Using Data and Evaluation in Policy Development, Implementation and Monitoring: Building Successful Policies to Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse

A new brief from the National Governors Association and the Urban Institute outlines a five-step process decision makers should apply to incorporate data and evaluation into the formation and implementation of policy: create a logic model, identify data sources, collect data, analyze data to identify and solve implementation challenges, and continue to incorporate data analysis as an ongoing part of the policy process.


September 30, 2016

Improving State Efforts to Prepare and Respond to Public Health Emergencies

A new paper from the National Governors Association highlights steps states can take to improve preparedness when dealing with public health emergencies.


January 15, 2016

A Governor’s Guide to Criminal Justice

A Governor’s Guide to Criminal Justice is a tool for governors and their criminal justice policy advisors to use when implementing effective policies and programs in areas such as corrections, parole and probation and juvenile justice.


July 16, 2015

Enhancing The Role of Fusion Centers in Cybersecurity

Fusion centers were created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to facilitate the type of multijurisdictional information sharing needed to prevent another strike on the homeland.


June 15, 2015

Strategies for Improving Outcomes For Justice-Involved Youth

Strengthening juvenile justice systems and improving outcomes for justice-involved youth is a top priority of the nation’s governors, as detailed in a paper released by the National Governors Association.


November 24, 2014

Governor’s Guide to Mass Evacuation

Governors should be prepared from the first day of their administration to manage a major disaster.


October 27, 2014

The Cybersecurity Workforce: States’ Needs and Opportunities

The National Governors Association (NGA) released The Cybersecurity Workforce: States’ Needs and Opportunities, which examines factors to consider when creating a comprehensive state strategy to improve cybersecurity.


September 26, 2013

Act and Adjust: A Call to Action for Governors for Cybersecurity

As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to address cybersecurity, one of the most significant homeland security challenges facing the nation, NGA released Act and Adjust: A Call to Action for Governors for Cybersecurity. The paper provides strategic recommendations governors can immediately adopt to improve their state’s cybersecurity posture.