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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:

FAMM Calls for Sentencing Reform After New Report Documents Arizona’s Prison Growth

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700   FAMM Calls for Sentencing Reform After New Report Documents Arizona’s Prison Growth WASHINGTON —​​​​​​​ Today, a new report was released that details how Arizona has come to have the fourth-highest incarceration rate in the country. The group FWD.us published the report, “Arizona’s Imprisonment Problem: The High Price of Prison Growth.” Using … Read More

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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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