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Iowa

FAMM is working in Iowa in 2023. FAMM supported several reforms to Iowa’s drug sentencing laws in 2016 and 2017. Iowa needs more reform. First, Iowa is one of only 8 states in the country that continues to sentence people more harshly for crack cocaine offenses than for powder cocaine offenses, even though the two drugs are chemically identical. Second, Iowa is the only state in the country that does not have a compassionate release process to allow the very sick and elderly in prisons to be considered for release after they no longer pose a danger to others.

FAMM’s 2023 policy goals are to:

  • Abolish the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity.
  • Establish a compassionate release process for the sick and elderly in Iowa state prisons.

Please contact Molly Gill at mgill@famm.org for questions about our Iowa work.

2023 Priority Legislation

Latest News:

National Sentencing Reform Group, Iowa FAMM Member to Testify in Favor of Iowa Sentencing Reform Bill

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés lprunes@famm.org 202.621.5066 National Sentencing Reform Group, Iowa FAMM Member  to Testify in Favor of Iowa Sentencing Reform Bill Who: Molly Gill of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) in Washington, DC, and Phil Emmert, a longtime Iowa resident who served 14 years in federal prison for a nonviolent drug offense. What: Testifying before … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Iowa Governor for Signing Sentencing Reform Bill

Thursday, May 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowelllmcdowell@famm.org202.822.6700 Nation’s Leading Sentencing Reform Group Applauds Governor Branstad for Signing Reform of Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences WASHINGTON— Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for signing a bill to reform the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws. HF 2064 allows certain low-level drug offenders to become parole … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Iowa Legislature for Passing Reform of Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell, lmcdowell@famm.org, 202.822.6700 WASHINGTON— Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded the Iowa legislature for passing a bill to reform the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws. HF 2064 allows certain low-level drug offenders to become parole eligible after serving half of the mandatory minimum sentence currently required by law. … Read More

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