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FAMM submits testimony for Missouri Senate hearing on crime bill
JEFFERSON CITY – FAMM Director of State Policy Maria Goellner submitted written testimony today for the Missouri Senate Committee on Judicial and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence hearing on provisions of Senate Bill 1115 relating to mandatory minimum sentencing provisions, which FAMM strongly opposes.
“This year an unfortunate legislative trend is reemerging, first in the Missouri House and now the Senate, of lawmakers dusting off the expensive, failed mandatory minimums playbook,” said Goellner. “It is not tough to promise the public false solutions. We shouldn’t waste one taxpayer dollar on mandatory minimum policies that don’t work when lawmakers could be spending those resources on methods that actually work to promote public safety. I urge the Missouri legislature to change course.”
Mandatory minimum laws require judges to impose automatic, minimum prison terms for certain offenses. They remove the judge’s ability to consider the specifics of the case and the people involved. Too often, sentences result that are unjust, irrational, and counterproductive. More than 30 years of evidence has shown that mandatory minimum laws do not make the public safer. Instead, they create crowded prisons, broken families and communities, weakened trust in the justice system, and bloated corrections budgets.For more than three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM has led the fight to reform extreme mandatory sentencing laws and to promote rehabilitation and dignity for all people in prison, 94 percent of whom will return to our neighborhoods one day.
is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safely reduce incarceration, save taxpayer dollars, and keep families together. Founded in 1991, FAMM has secured bold sentencing and prison reform across the country while elevating the voices of directly impacted individuals and families.