Sentencing reform is under consideration in Idaho in 2017! A new bill, H 179, sponsored by Reps. Christy Perry (R) and Ilana Rubel (D), would, if passed, repeal Idaho’s mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking crimes. These reforms, if passed, would not be retroactive and reduce the sentences of people already in prison.

FAMM supports H 179. On March 15, the Idaho House Judiciary Committee had a hearing on mandatory minimum drug sentencing reform. For the hearing, FAMM submitted a statement urging Idaho’s legislature to repeal its mandatory drug sentences. Read FAMM’s statement here

Bill Text: Read the full text of H 179 here.

Bill Status: The bill is not a law. To become a law, it must be reviewed and approved by a committee, passed by both the Idaho House and Senate, and signed by the governor. FAMM does not know if or when H 179 could become law. Please keep checking this page for updates on the bill’s progress.

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:

March 16, 2017

FAMM Testimony on Idaho Bill H179

Written Statement of Kevin Ring President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums  Submitted to the Idaho House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Rules, and Administration at a hearing on Controlled Substances and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing  March 15, 2016   I thank the Committee for its consideration of mandatory minimum sentencing reform and for the opportunity to… Read more »

March 13, 2017

Idaho lawmakers to discuss mandatory minimums bill

Originally seen in NWCN A bill aimed at criminal justice reform in Idaho has an informational hearing scheduled this week. If approved, the legislation would do away with mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking. Currently, judges are required to hand down certain sentences for drug offenses, depending on the type and amount of drug involved. The… Read more »

March 2, 2017

Lowlights, highlights from the Idaho Legislature this week

Complete article found via The Idaho State Journal   Bi-partisan Common Sense Criminal Justice Reform There was one bright note this week regarding common sense criminal justice reform. Democratic Rep. Ilana Rubel and Rep. Christy Perry co-sponsored House bill 179, which would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for most drug offenses in Idaho. Instead of allowing the… Read more »

February 21, 2017

Proposed Bill Could Charge Heroin Dealers With Murder

Originally seen in KTVB. Some state lawmakers have made it clear this session that they want to combat the drug problem here in the Gem State. In hopes of doing that, Rep. John Gannon, a Democrat from Boise, has proposed a bill that could put heroin dealers behind bars for a minimum of 10 years…. Read more »