Reports & Memos

Ensuring Justice & Public Safety: Federal Criminal Justice Priorities For 2020 And Beyond (Report 2020)
As law enforcement veterans who have dedicated our lives and careers to protecting public safety at every level of local, state, and federal government, we urge Congress and the current administration to carefully consider a range of strategies to promote public safety and to help ensure justice for local communities.This report offers specific policy recommendations in five areas: (1) reducing unnecessary incarceration, (2) increasing mental health and drug treatment, (3) bolstering community policing, (4) improving juvenile justice, and (5) preserving and expanding recidivism reduction.

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Briefing Memo: Alternatives to Incarceration (Fact Sheet 2019)
Police officers are not mental health or addiction professionals. Yet, police are often the first responders to people in crisis while lacking alternatives other than making an arrest. After arrests, offenders are often incarcerated, rather than treated. Stopping this cycle is key to restoring police legitimacy and keeping our communities safe.

Briefing Memo: Pell Grant Restoration (Fact Sheet 2019)
As part of our continued commitment to promote sensible criminal justice reform and reduce recidivism, Law Enforcement Leaders supports the restoration of Pell Grant funding to incarcerated individuals. This fact sheet shows that higher education in prisons is one of the most effective ways to combat recidivism.

Briefing Memo: Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform (Fact Sheet 2019)
Louisiana joined the nationwide movement to pass smart criminal justice reforms. These deliberate and reasoned reforms deserve credit for the impacts they have already had and will have in the future. Nationally, data demonstrates that these reforms successfully hold offenders accountable, allow police and prosecutors to focus on violent crimes, and provide effective programs for successful reentry.

Briefing Memo: FIRST STEP Act & Sentencing Reform (Fact Sheet 2018)
In 2018, Law Enforcement Leaders supported the compromise that would amend the FIRST STEP Act (S. 2795 “FIRST STEP”) to include portions of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 1917 “SRCA”). This fact sheet analyzes key provisions of the combined bill that will enhance both public safety and efficiency for law enforcement.

A Crime & Justice Agenda For The New Administration (Policy Paper 2017)
To better combat crime, we must improve our nation’s crime policies. This report offers five policies the new Administration should support to forge a path to advance our common goal of a safer nation.

Federal Advocacy

Written Testimony from Law Enforcement Leaders to the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (June 2020)
LEL Executive Director Ronal Serpas testified before the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice on the urgent need for law enforcement reform around police culture and use of force policies. Serpas and LEL Senior Counsel Taryn Merkl also submitted extensive written testimony to the Commission, including detailed recommendations on those topics and reforms that will: (1) promote law enforcement accountability, (2) help build trust and legitimacy in communities, and (3) encourage the implementation of strategies to reduce unnecessary incarceration by addressing the social factors that often lead to criminal justice system involvement.

See the transcript of Serpas’s testimony.

COVID-19 Safer Detention Act of 2020 (August 2020)

GRACE Act of 2020 (August 2020)

RE-ENTER Act of 2019 (December 2019)

First Step Act Funding (September 2019)

REAL Act (August 2019)

We currently have nearly 200 members hailing from all 50 states, from all divisions of law enforcement, and from across the political spectrum.

Members Include:

  • Sim Gill

    District Attorney, Salt Lake County, Utah

  • Joseph Lombardo

    Sheriff, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Brett Tolman

    Former U.S. Attorney, District of Utah

  • Ronal W. Serpas

    Executive Director, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration

    Former Police Superintendent, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Former Police Chief, Nashville, Tennessee

    Former Police Chief, State Patrol, Washington

  • William Scott

    Police Chief, San Francisco, California

  • Peter Newsham

    Police Chief, Washington, District of Columbia

  • Beth McCann

    District Attorney, Denver, Colorado

  • Carmen Best

    Former Police Chief, Seattle, Washington

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