FAMM began working to reform a variety of Nevada’s mandatory minimum laws in 2009. Nevada's mandatory minimum sentences only apply to certain crimes, including many drug and property offenses. FAMM’s work paid off and a reform bill was introduced by Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, on behalf of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, on March 23, 2009. Unfortunately, the bill was not voted out of the Judiciary Committee. Nevada’s next legislative session does not begin until 2011.
Background on Michelle Lyn Taylor:
FAMM urges Nevada Supreme Court to reverse mandatory life sentence for Michelle Lyn Taylor (10/27/10). Read press release and download amicus brief.
Fox News host John Stossel blogs about Michelle Taylor
FAMM president's message and a link to YouTube video of Michelle Taylor's sentencing
FAMM comments on Michelle Taylor's appeal (press release)
FAMM condemns mandatory life sentence for Nevada woman (press release)
Nevada legislative updates
FAMM’s factsheet on Nevada’s mandatory minimums (pdf)
Does the state have mandatory minimum laws? Yes. Click here to learn more.
Does the state have a sentencing commission? No.
Does the state have sentencing guidelines? No.
If yes, are the sentencing guidelines voluntary/advisory or mandatory? N/A
Does the state have drug courts? Yes. Pages 45-48 of this document have more information.
Does the state have one or more safety valves/exceptions? No. To learn more about safety valves, read FAMM's factsheet, Safety Valves in a Nutshell.
From the Pew Center on the States and the Council of State Governments:
Work in the States: Sentencing and Corrections in Nevada (2008)
Sentencing and Corrections Profile: Nevada (2008)
Increasing Public Safety and Generating Savings: Options for Nevada Policymakers (2007)
Governor Brian Sandoval
Nevada Department of Corrections
Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners
Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners (pardons and commutations)
Nevada Court System
Nevada Drug Courts: No website available.
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Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in the State
ACLU of Nevada
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