Delaware

A decade after its first reforms, Delaware enacted a new law on April 20, 2011 that eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for some first-time drug offenders and reduced minimum prison sentences for drug felonies. The new law also reduced the size of drug-free school zones law from 1,000 feet to 300 feet, to restore the original intent of the law.

In October of 2015, the state attorney general, Matt Denn, announced his support for legislation eliminating the mandatory minimum life sentence that applies to the state’s three-strikes law. FAMM will continue to monitor support of this reform.

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:


June 22, 2016

Delaware Lawmakers Approve Changes to Habitual-Offender Law

(Washington Post) — Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign legislation eliminating mandatory life sentences for habitual offenders and distinguishing between violent felonies and nonviolent felonies when sentencing habitual criminals. The legislation cleared the House on a 29-to-11 vote Tuesday after earlier passing the Senate. Under the measure, a person would be declared a habitual… Read more »


October 16, 2015

Delaware Attorney General Wants Sentencing Reforms

Damian Giletto/The News Journal (The News Journal) — Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn is calling for a series of reforms to be more “just and fair” toward some nonviolent and repeat offenders, and close loopholes in the state’s gun crime laws. The proposals will include ideas on investing in law enforcement and drug treatment, changing… Read more »


July 8, 2014

Governor Jack Markell to Sign Sentencing Reform Laws

(Delmarva Public Radio) WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign three bills giving Delaware judges more sentencing discretion and criminal offenders more opportunities to get back on the right path. One bill to be signed this week allows prison officials to offer jobs for up to six months to ex-offenders who… Read more »


December 12, 2013

There is still time to call the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee!

The bill markup scheduled for December 12 has been pushed back to December 19 – that means that there is still time to call your Senators! If you live in one of the states listed below, please call your Senator’s offices so they can hear your support of S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act.   On Thursday,… Read more »