Post Date: December 3, 2015
FAMM says it’s time for legislature to act
MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOSTON – By a nearly three-to-one margin, Massachusetts’s voters support repealing mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenders, according to a new poll released today by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). The poll, conducted by Suffolk University’s Political Research Center, found that 62 percent of the state’s registered voters support repeal while just 21 percent are opposed. Suffolk University polled 500 Massachusetts residents between November 18 – 22. (See below for a presentation of the results or click here to view full results.)
“Massachusetts voters get it,” said Barbara J. Dougan, Massachusetts project director for FAMM, which commissioned the poll questions. “They know that mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses are a failed public policy. They want these ineffective and expensive laws repealed. The only question left is whether state lawmakers will listen to their constituents.”
Across the board, Massachusetts residents strongly support alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders. The poll also found that:
“This poll is clear evidence that the Massachusetts public is ready for the kinds of sentencing reforms we’ve seen successfully implemented in New York, Michigan, and many other states,” said Dougan. “Knowing what we do about the failure of mandatory minimums as public policy, and now the public’s support for reform, it’s time for the Legislature to get serious about moving the bills to repeal mandatory minimums that were filed last January.”
FAMM is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to ensure that punishment fits the crime. In 2008, FAMM launched its Massachusetts project, focusing on drug sentencing laws.