In 2009, the Minnesota legislature amended the law to allow courts to sentence fifth-degree felony controlled substances sale or possession offenders without regard to the mandatory minimum.

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:

May 3, 2016

Minnesota to Overhaul Drug Laws for the First Time in 27 Years

 (TwinCities.com) — After weeks of closed-door wrangling between law enforcement, defense attorneys and lawmakers, a compromise has been reached on a proposed plan to majorly revamp the state’s drug laws for the first time in 27 years. A state commission’s plan — released late last year — to lighten penalties, particularly for first-time offenders, was met with serious… Read more »

September 28, 2015

Task Force Created to Address Minn. Prison Overcrowding Issue

(ABC 5 Minneapolis) Minnesota faces a major prison overcrowding problem; more than 500 inmates are behind bars in county jails because there isn’t room in state prisons. To address the issue, a new state task force met Friday to consider whether to build more prisons or reduce the prison population. … “A rising prison population… 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 »