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.


Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration

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

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 the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410/H.R. 3382, 113th Congress):

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

Factsheet: Alternatives to Incarceration in a Nutshell 

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

What the Experts Say

What the Public Thinks

Current Sentencing Reform Efforts in Florida and other states

Latest Stories

March 14, 2017

Lawmakers disagree with life sentences for juveniles

Originally seen in The Philadelphia Tribunal  It wasn’t long ago — June 2016 to be exact — when Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams spoke passionately about providing juvenile offenders with “a light at the end of the tunnel.” It turns out, however, that light may just have well been a freight train preparing to some head-on… Read more »

March 6, 2017

LEAD Coalition Hoping To Team Up With Law Enforcement

Originally seen in WJHG. BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Encouraging peace and reducing violence are goals one local organization wants to accomplish. The Bay County LEAD Coalition met Thursday to talk about ways to make the area safer. Members of the Bay County LEAD Coalition gathered at the Bay County Public Library Thursday to talk… Read more »

March 6, 2017

Bangor Launches Law Enforcement-Assisted Opioid Diversion Program

Originally seen in WCSH6. BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – On Wednesday, speakers at the Health Equity Alliance launched the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program (LEAD), an “innovative approach to Opioid Use Disorder and the criminal justice system.” There are currently five operational LEAD programs across the country which are all funded through a grant from… Read more »