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FAMM Congratulates Baker and Healey, Looks Forward to Joint Efforts on Sentencing Reform

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) congratulates Massachusetts Governor-Elect Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Attorney General-Elect Maura Healey on their electoral victories.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Governor Baker and Attorney General Healey, as well as the Massachusetts Legislature, to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders,” said Barbara J. Dougan, director of FAMM’s Massachusetts Project. “Now that mandatory minimums are recognized as well-intentioned but ineffective from criminal justice and substance abuse treatment perspectives, the public in Massachusetts and nationally support their repeal. We are excited by the prospect of working together to accomplish this goal.”

In response to FAMM’s candidates’ survey, Baker said that he supported repeal of mandatory minimums, adding, “I believe reforming minimum sentences could be part of an overall strategy to rethink how those with substance abuse issues are treated.” Healey also called for the repeal of mandatory minimums, saying, “We must end mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses. Judges need the flexibility to direct those with substance abuse addictions and mental health Issues to diversion and treatment programs. Ending mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses will reduce over‐incarceration and provide more just and humane results.”