Rhode Island

In 2009, Rhode Island repealed all mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenses.  Previously, drug offenders received 10 and 20-year sentences, even for possession offenses, along with $10,000 and $25,000 fines.

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:


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 »



November 18, 2013

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Prison Reform Bill

As federal prison and detention costs continue to skyrocket, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) are pushing legislation that would help lower costs and reduce recidivism.  The Senators recently introduced the Recidivism Reduction & Public Safety Act of 2013 (S. 1675), which would allow inmates to earn sentence-reduction credit for completing programming… Read more »