FAMM recently received positive feedback from Nebraska state lawmakers and the governor regarding passing meaningful sentencing reform. FAMM is now focused on educating state lawmakers and developing a legislative reform bill that can earn the support it needs to become law.
You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.
September 23, 2016
Robyn Hamilton used drugs and had “bad thinking,” in her words, and she was caught up in a drug conspiracy that netted her a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. The judge in her trial did not want to sentence her as he was compelled to. “Just so the record is clear, if the – if… Read more »
February 11, 2016
(Sioux City Journal) — Nebraska judges whose hands are tied by mandatory minimum sentences could have a way to overcome the restriction under a bill presented Wednesday to a legislative committee. Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus said his bill would create an “escape valve” in cases where a judge views a mandatory minimum as inappropriate…. Read more »
April 16, 2015
(AP) — An effort to scale back the use of mandatory minimum prison sentences in Nebraska as a way to reduce prison crowding won first-round approval Wednesday despite opposition from prosecutors and some conservative lawmakers. Senators voted 28-9 on legislation to abolish mandatory minimums for Class 1C and 1D felonies, including robbery, assault on a… Read more »
January 13, 2015
(Columbus Telegram) — Nebraska could see the end of mandatory minimum sentences with two bills introduced Monday by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers. One bill (LB172) would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences that accompany felony offenses. Judges see the problem with it, Chambers said. And those who are footing the bill, namely state officials and taxpayers, know… Read more »