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Arizona

Arizona has the fifth-highest incarceration rate in the country. The state incarcerates more than 42,000 people, 26 percent of which are nonviolent, and 21 percent of which are drug offenders. In Arizona, judges are required to give many people mandatory prison sentences and have very limited discretion to use alternatives like specialty courts or probation, or to fit the punishment to the crime and the individual. Arizona is also one of the only states that requires all prisoners to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed, no matter the crime or the prisoner’s rehabilitation behind bars. Arizona also has exceptionally broad repeat offender laws, which increase sentences dramatically even when people have minor criminal records. FAMM is supporting reforms to all of these policies in Arizona, as well as the creation of independent prison oversight in the state.

FAMM is also partnering with The START Project, a group of formerly incarcerated people and family members of current prisoners in Arizona. Through the partnership, FAMM and The START Project will mobilize impacted families to advocate criminal justice reform.

The 2020 legislative session ended in Arizona in June 2020. No criminal justice reform bills were passed this year. The Arizona Legislature will not meet again until January 2021. However, in the general election on November 3, 2020, we expect there will be an important package of sentencing and earned credit time reforms that people can vote on as a ballot initiative (see 2020 Ballot Initiative tab below for details).

2020 Laws and Policy

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Arizona

You can do several things to work toward reforming Arizona’s sentencing laws.

Latest News:

Arizona’s prisons are failing World Health Organization standards for COVID-19 testing

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Arizona’s prisons are failing World Health Organization standards for COVID-19 testing PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill sent a letter today to Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry Director David Shinn calling for safe and targeted release of vulnerable and … Read More

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FAMM Praises Passing of Earned Time Credit Increase in Arizona (HB 2808)

Friday, February 28, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Praises Passing of Earned Time Credit Increase in Arizona (HB 2808) PHOENIX – FAMM applauds the passing of the earned release credit increase bill (HB 2808) by the Arizona House of Representatives. This bill would increase the amount of time (up to 30% off their original sentences) some people … Read More

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FAMM Partnering with Arizona’s START on Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, February 14, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Partnering with Arizona’s START on Criminal Justice Reform The organizations will work together to help families in Arizona become advocates for sentencing and prison reform WASHINGTON – FAMM has announced a partnership with The S.T.A.R.T. Project — Striving to Achieve Reform Together — to engage more families with incarcerated … Read More

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