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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 Cheers Arizona Passage of Repetitive Offender Sentencing Reform Bill

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Cheers Arizona Passage of Repetitive Offender Sentencing Reform Bill The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for signature and enactment into law. PHOENIX, AZ – In the last hours of its session on Memorial Day, May 27, the Arizona legislature passed SB 1334, a bill that makes a small but … Read More

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FAMM Criticizes Arizona Judiciary Committee for Failure to Advance Sentencing Reforms

Monday, February 25, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Criticizes Arizona Judiciary Committee for Failure to Advance Sentencing Reforms PHOENIX, AZ – Today two important sentencing reform bills died in the Arizona Legislature because they were not advanced by the Arizona House Judiciary Committee. Bills that have not been approved by committee as of today will not receive further consideration … Read More

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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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