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.
You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.
March 16, 2017
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
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
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
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 »