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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. FAMM’s reform priorities in Arizona include:

  • Creating more earned time credit for prisoners – currently, almost all prisoners must serve 85 percent of their sentence and get no credit for rehabilitative programming
  • Reforming mandatory minimum sentences and repetitive offender sentencing laws
  • Creating an independent body to provide oversight of Arizona’s state prison system, so prisons are safer, healthier, and more rehabilitative
  • Creating a geriatric and medical release system for elderly and ill people in prison who are not a threat to public safety

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.

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:

FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T Project release results of Arizona criminal justice reform candidate questionnaire

Friday, July 24, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T Project release results of Arizona criminal justice reform candidate questionnaire Questions were sent to all Arizona legislative candidates, though not all responded PHOENIX – FAMM and The S.T.A.R.T Project have released the results of their candidate questionnaire, allowing Arizona’s voters to see where candidates for the state legislature … Read More

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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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