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FAMM testifies at Missouri House hearing on crime bill

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FAMM testifies at Missouri House hearing on crime bill

JEFFERSON CITY  – FAMM Director of State Policy Maria Goellner submitted written testimony for the Missouri House Committee for Crime Prevention and Public Safety hearing on House Bill 1659. The legislation includes a provision that FAMM supports — elimination of the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity, but also contains provisions that take Missouri backward – particularly those subjecting more Missourians to one-size-fits-all mandatory minimum sentences.

“Last year Missouri almost eliminated the unfair sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine, so we are glad the provision to right this wrong was included in HB 1659,” said Goellner. “Unfortunately, that forward-thinking approach doesn’t extend to the rest of the bill, which embraces the ineffective tough-on-crime policies of the past. It’s not tough to promise the public false solutions that harm families. Decades of data shows that mandatory minimums are an expensive failure. Missouri should be putting its finite public safety resources into crime prevention strategies that actually work to help today’s victims.” 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.

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FAMM 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.

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