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.
You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.
May 3, 2016
(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
(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
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 »
December 4, 2013
The time is NOW to support federal sentencing reform. We need your support on Tuesday, December 10. All it will involve is five minutes and picking up your phone – but your help could make a big difference! On Thursday, December 12, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to begin discussing mandatory minimum sentencing… Read more »