Law Enforcement

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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.

Advocacy

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

September 12, 2013

California on Path to Drug Sentencing Reform

(Correctional News) — The California Assembly has passed a drug reform bill that would give counties more control in how to prosecute low-level nonviolent drug offenders. Authored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, Senate Bill 649 would allow county prosecutors to charge drug possession offenders with a misdemeanor rather than a felony. “We know we… Read more »


August 22, 2013

When it Comes to Fairer Sentences, “There Are No Costs, Only Benefits”

Check out this excellent editorial from The New York Times: Sentencing Reform Starts to Pay Off. Here are a couple excerpts (but really, you should just go read the editorial): According to a preliminary report released by the commission, more than 7,300 federal prisoners have had their sentences shortened under the law. The average reduction… Read more »


August 14, 2013

American Correctional Association Endorses Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform

On August 13, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Correctional Association (ACA) passed a resolution supporting legislative reform of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The ACA is the world’s largest correctional association, with thousands of prison and jail wardens and correctional officers among its membership. The ACA is the latest voice in a… Read more »