Arkansas enacted a prison reform bill in March 2011 that reduced mandatory minimum penalties for possession of drugs and reduced some of the harsher mandatory terms for distribution of drugs.

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:

July 7, 2015

Governor files intent to commute life sentence

(ArkansasOnline) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday his intention to commute the sentence of a Grady man who is serving life in prison for possessing methamphetamine. Billy R. Marts II, 52, was convicted in Sebastian County in 1997 of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver. He was also convicted of possessing drug paraphernalia, for which… Read more »

March 13, 2014

Asa Hutchinson Supports Call for Criminal Justice Review

(Arkansas Times) — Republican governor’s candidate Asa Hutchinson said today he believes “it is time for a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system,” at both the state and federal levels. He responded to remarks by Robert Ehrlich, the former Maryland governor, at a Little Rock session on clemency issues. Hutchinson, a former U.S. attorney,… Read more »

June 21, 2013

Smaller Budgets = Conservative Support for Reform

An excellent Wall Street Journal article today describes how conservative leaders in states across the country are passing sentencing reforms and down-sizing expensive prison systems. The article is below. The federal prison system now eats up a full quarter of the Department of Justice’s budget.  And as we all know from the sequester, there isn’t any more money… Read more »