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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 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 who sell heroin, … Read More

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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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