District of Columbia


DC Mandatory Minimum Sentences

The District of Columbia has very few mandatory minimum sentences. They apply to murder, murder of a police officer, carjacking, armed carjacking, theft I or II (with two or more prior theft convictions), possessing armor-piercing ammunition, possessing a gun during a crime of violence, committing crimes of violence while armed, or possessing a gun with a prior criminal record.

DC Considers Safety Valve for Juvenile Offenders

On June 2, 2016, the District of Columbia Council had a hearing on Bill 21-683. If passed, the bill would allow judges to sentence people to less prison time than the mandatory minimum sentence requires if the person committed the crime when they were under age 18. FAMM submitted a written statement to the Council urging them to pass Bill 21-683 so that judges have discretion when sentencing people who are young offenders. The bill may get considered and voted on later in the fall. Read FAMM’s statement here.

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.

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