Post Date: February 8, 2018
Contact: Rabiah Burks
FAMM Condemns Arizona House’s Effort to Increase Mandatory Opioid Sentences
PHOENIX – Yesterday, FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) sent a letter to members of the Arizona House of Representatives urging them not to pass HB 2241, a bill that would create 10- and 15-year mandatory minimum sentences for people who sell heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids, even if they are themselves addicts.
FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to the bill, which has already been passed by two committees:
“The opioid epidemic is terrifying, but Arizona can’t afford to do more of what does not work. Arizona has used mandatory minimum sentences for opioid offenses for years, and it hasn’t stopped drug use or sales. Arizona House members should go back to the drawing board and invest in treating addicts, saving people from overdoses, and stopping drugs at the border. Too many lives are at stake to resort to longer, more expensive prison terms that don’t work.”
FAMM is a nonpartisan, national advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice reforms to make our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM promotes change by raising the voices of families and individuals who are directly affected by counterproductive sentencing and prison policies.
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