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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 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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FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T. Project call for immediate removal of Arizona Department of Corrections Director David Shinn

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T. Project call for immediate removal of Arizona Department of Corrections Director David Shinn PHOENIX — FAMM and The S.T.A.R.T. Project have sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey calling for the immediate removal and replacement of Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) Director David … Read More

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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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