Law Enforcement


Increasingly, police, prosecutors, and correctional officials are supporting mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Police and prosecutors recognize that using mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenders drains limited funds from law enforcement budgets. Correctional officials are advocating for reform because mandatory minimum sentences have produced dangerously overcrowded prisons that undermine rehabilitation. Law enforcement are supportive not only of reforming mandatory minimum sentences, but also of using smarter, more cost-effective probation, treatment, and rehabilitative sentencing options that reduce crime and keep the public safe.


How Federal Mandatory Minimums for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Make us Less Safe

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates: Why We Don’t Need Mandatory Minimums to Get Guilty Pleas (speech, July 22, 2015)

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Announces Support for Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform

DOJ Inspector General’s Report on Performance Challenges: BOP Budget Growth (Dec. 2013)

Attorney General Holder’s Mandatory Minimum Charging Policy Memo to Federal Prosecutors

A. G. Holder’s Memo to Federal Prosecutors Making Revised Charging Policies Retroactive

A. G. Holder Announces Expansion of DOJ’s Revised Mandatory Minimum Charging Policies

American Correctional Association’s Resolution Supporting Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform

America Correctional Association’s Public Correctional Policy on Sentencing

Council of Prison Locals, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Statement to U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, supporting federal mandatory minimum sentencing reform

Law Enforcement and Victim Support for S. 1410/H.R. 3382, the Smarter Sentencing Act:

S. 1410 Potential Impact and Cost Savings

Summary of the Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410

Why Law Enforcement Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Former Prosecutors and Judges 

International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO

Council of Prison Locals 33

American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO

National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women

General Resources:

Quick Facts

What the Experts Say

What the Public Thinks: public opinion polls show that the public supports reducing sentences and using smarter, more cost-effective punishments for nonviolent drug offenders

Current Sentencing Reform Efforts in Congress

Current Sentencing Reform Efforts in Florida, Massachusetts and other states

Factsheet: Alternatives to Incarceration in a Nutshell 

Latest Stories

May 26, 2016

No, Tom Cotton, Mandatory Minimums Aren’t Preventing A Crime Wave

Congress’ misguided criminal justice priorities have allowed thousands of violent criminals to escape punishment, and denied justice to their victims. By Kevin Ring; Originally appeared in The Federalist Last week, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas gave a speech on criminal justice reform in which he mixed the banal—“Criminals are not victims. Criminals are criminals”—with the fatuous—the United… Read more »

April 28, 2016

FAMM Responds to Changes to Sentencing Reform Bills in Congress: Strengthen, Don’t Weaken, Sentencing Reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell,, 202-822-6700 Today, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Mike Lee (R-UT) unveiled changes that will be made to the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) in an effort to win more votes and cosponsors for the proposal. FAMM President and… Read more »