FAMM began working with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in 2012. ALEC is a nonpartisan membership association founded in 1973 for conservative state lawmakers who believe in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty. ALEC’s task forces produce and approve model legislation on a wide variety of topics, including criminal justice reforms that use limited taxpayer dollars wisely, to keep the public safe.
On July 2, 2013, ALEC’s Initiative on Cutting Crime and Budgets approved a model “safety valve” reform that can be used as a template for reforming mandatory minimum sentencing laws across the country. FAMM worked closely with ALEC on the formulation of the model language and supports it as a starting point for state lawmakers hoping to create a fairer, more cost effective sentencing system.