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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 is also one of the only states that requires all prisoners to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed, no matter the crime or the prisoner’s rehabilitation behind bars. Arizona also has exceptionally broad repeat offender laws, which increase sentences dramatically even when people have minor criminal records. FAMM is supporting reforms to all of these policies in Arizona.

2019 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 Condemns Arizona House’s Effort to Increase Mandatory Opioid Sentences 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700   FAMM Condemns Arizona House’s Effort to Increase Mandatory Opioid Sentences    PHOENIX – Yesterday, FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) sent a letter to members of the Arizona House of Representatives urging them not to pass HB 2241, a bill that would create 10- and 15-year mandatory minimum sentences for people … Read More

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