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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 Arizona Legislature is in session for 2021 and will be working on legislation until May 2021.

2021 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 releases statement following Arizona House vote on prison oversight

Monday, March 1, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Arizona House vote on prison oversight PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement after the Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill that would create independent oversight in Arizona’s prisons: “While the avalanche of ongoing crises in Arizona’s prisons seems daunting, … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Arizona House committee vote on prison oversight

Monday, February 22, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Arizona House committee vote on prison oversight PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement after the Arizona House of Representatives appropriations committee passed a bill that would create independent oversight in Arizona’s prisons. “The recent database fiasco is just one … Read More

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FAMM praises introduction of independent prison oversight bill in Arizona

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises introduction of independent prison oversight bill in Arizona PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement following Rep. Walt Blackman’s introduction of a bill to create an independent ombudsman for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry: “Arizona taxpayers spend $1.3 billion each … Read More

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