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FAMM Welcomes New Support for School Zone Reform

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FAMM Welcomes New Support for School Zone Reform

WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring today welcomed the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) final approval of a resolution endorsing reform of state drug-free school zone laws. FAMM sponsored the resolution and spoke in favor of it at ALEC’s December meeting in Nashville.

“Conservative lawmakers recognize that drug-free school zone laws have proven to be a costly failure,” said Ring. “These laws stick low-level offenders with long sentences even when no children are involved and, as a result, they waste resources that could be better spent on more serious offenders.

“Many states, like Indiana, Kentucky, Utah, and North Dakota, have already reformed their school zone laws. Others, like Tennessee, are considering reform. It’s time,” Ring said.

FAMM has been a long-time advocate in the fight to reform drug-free school zone laws advancing reform in New Jersey and Massachusetts. FAMM is currently working in Tennessee, where the legislature is expected to consider a drug-free school zone reform this year. The ALEC resolution provides conservative lawmakers with a solid blueprint to reform drug-free school zone laws nationwide.  

FAMM is a nonpartisan, national advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice reforms to make our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM promotes change by raising the voices of families and individuals who are directly affected by counterproductive sentencing and prison policies.  

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