FAMM supports policies that benefit families, incarcerated people, and taxpayers. By implementing evidence-based reforms, state lawmakers can save taxpayer dollars or redirect those savings to proven alternatives to reduce crime and recidivism. To get involved in our work in Idaho, sign up for our emails and contact our Deputy Policy Director, Maria Goellner, at email@example.com.
2023 Legislative Priorities
Idaho is considering creating new mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Mandatory minimum sentences require courts to give people a certain prison sentence regardless of the facts or circumstances of the crime or the individual. The result is one-size-fits-all sentences that never fit all. Mandatory minimum sentences have not been proven to reduce or deter crime. They are expensive, fill prisons, and lead to overcrowding and new prison construction. They destroy families by keeping them apart too long, and have been shown to create and worsen racial disparities in sentencing. FAMM opposes the creation of new mandatory minimums.