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.


Resources

Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration

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)

 

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

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 and other states

Factsheet: Alternatives to Incarceration in a Nutshell 


Latest Stories

January 16, 2014

Political Odd Couples Push Sentencing Reform

(Washington Post) — At a time when partisans in Congress don’t agree on anything, they have found one area where they can: Reforming America’s sprawling and costly prison system. Nearly 30 years after creating mandatory sentences for drug offenses, an unlikely band of lawmakers is moving forward with their plans to fix what they say is… Read more »


January 16, 2014

How the Drug War Disappeared the Jury Trial

(Outside the Beltway) — The criminal jury trial is a vital check against prosecutorial excesses, police misconduct, and arbitrary state power. But over the last three decades, criminal justice policy has transferred enormous amounts of power to prosecutors and away from juries and judges. Judges once had wide discretion in weighing the facts and circumstances of… Read more »