Post Date: March 20, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lani Prunes
New Iowa Sentencing Reform Bill Passes House Unanimously, Goes to Senate
Today the Iowa House of Representatives voted to pass HF 579, a new sentencing reform bill that would build on the successful reforms implemented last year. The bill was passed unanimously and gained broad bipartisan support. It was championed by Rep. Zach Nunn, a Republican (District 30), and Rep. Rick Olson, a Democrat (District 31).
“Like so many states, Iowa is struggling to increase public safety without breaking the bank and building more prisons,” said FAMM President Kevin Ring. “The new bill hits the sweet spot. It allows judges to reserve lengthy mandatory sentences for the most dangerous people. This commonsense approach has helped other states to reduce both crime and incarceration.
“We hope the Senate will quickly consider and pass this smart reform,” Ring said.
Among other things, the bill would, if passed into law:
HF 579 now moves to the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. If approved by that committee, the full Iowa Senate can vote on the legislation any time before its current legislative session ends on April 28, 2017.