Post Date: November 24, 2015
Voters Think State Spends Too Much on Jail, Not Enough on Rehabilitation
WASHINGTON, DC – Families Against Mandatory Minimum (FAMM) President Julie Stewart today released the results of a new poll of Maryland residents, which revealed that an overwhelming 70 percent of Maryland residents support repealing mandatory minimums for nonviolent offenses. FAMM commissioned the poll, which was conducted November 17-19 by Harper Polling, a national polling company led by the former polling director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. (See below for a presentation of the results, or click here for a PDF version.)
“Maryland earlier this year passed a strong, bipartisan bill to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws for nonviolent drug offenders,” said Ms. Stewart. “These poll results make clear the public – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike – want state leaders to go even further and pull these counterproductive laws out by the roots.”
When told that, “some have proposed eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, giving judges the ability to make sentencing decisions in the context of each individual case,” an overwhelming 70% of likely voters favor “repealing mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses. Just 19% oppose.
Support was found across the political spectrum. Majorities of Republicans (68% favor, 24% oppose), Democrats (78%/14%) and Independents (67%/26%) all favor repealing mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses. Self-identified Conservatives (61%/30%), Moderates (76%/17%) and Liberals (80%/16%) agree.
Among other results, the poll revealed that:
Poll was conducted by Harper Polling. Click here to see crosstab tables.[embeddoc url=”http://famm.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Maryland-Polling-Data1.pptx” width=”800px” viewer=”microsoft”]