Arizona

Arizona has the 4th largest prison population in the country. The state incarcerates more than 41,000 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 also has exceptionally broad repeat offender laws, which increase sentences dramatically even when people have minor criminal records. FAMM plans to work in Arizona for the next several years.

2018 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:

Advocates Urge Arizona Speaker Mesnard to Reinstate the Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 Advocates Urge Arizona Speaker Mesnard to Reinstate the Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform   Phoenix – Today, a bipartisan group of criminal justice reform organizations sent a letter to Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives J.D. Mesnard, urging him to reinstate the Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform … Read More

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National Groups to Tackle Drug Sentencing Reform in Arizona

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 National Groups to Tackle Drug Sentencing Reform in Arizona PHOENIX – As Arizona lawmakers seek solutions to the state’s growing prison costs, a panel of national sentencing experts will examine how drug sentencing reform could save taxpayer dollars and keep residents safe. How Drug Sentencing Reform Can Make Arizona Safer Thursday, March … Read More

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FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill   PHOENIX – Last week, the Arizona House of Representatives voted down HB 2241, a bill that would create lengthy, ineffective mandatory minimums for fentanyl trafficking in Arizona. Shortly after the vote, Rep. Vince Leach changed his no vote … Read More

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