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.
February 9, 2017
Originally seen in The Columbus Telegram. LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers have two options to lessen the impact of mandatory minimum sentences under a pair of bills presented to a legislative committee Wednesday. Mandatory minimum sentences remove incentives for inmates to behave and can endanger prison guards and other inmates, said Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha. He… Read more »
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 »