Contact: Rabiah Burks
FAMM Praises California for Passing
“Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE)” Act
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today commended Gov. Jerry Brown for signing into law SB 180, the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE) Act. The bill repeals a three-year mandatory sentence enhancement for some repeat drug offenses.
“We are thrilled to see Gov. Brown and the California legislature move away from the failed approaches of the past and adopt smart sentencing policy,” said Kevin Ring, president of FAMM. “When states like California and Louisiana eliminate mandatory sentencing provisions in the same year, it is clear that sentencing reform is not a partisan issue. It is a commonsense solution to a pressing problem.”
FAMM recognizes the hard work and dedication of various groups on the ground in California who were instrumental in moving this bill forward, including the ACLU of California, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Drug Policy Alliance, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, California Public Defenders Association, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Friends Committee on Legislation of California.
California is the latest on a growing list of states that are trying to eliminate counterproductive sentencing policies.
“It is encouraging to see the changes that are happening in key states across the nation. We hope as we head into the 2018 legislative sessions that more states will take California’s lead and do away with ineffective and inefficient one-size-fits-all sentencing policies,” Ring said.
FAMM, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, promotes commonsense sentencing and prison policies that increase public safety.
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