Maryland

In 2016, Maryland became one of the country’s leaders on sentencing reform by passing the Justice Reinvestment Act. The bill repealed most of the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentences. But in 2018, Governor Larry Hogan (R) introduced several sentencing bills that will create new and longer mandatory minimum sentences for some gun and violent crimes. But evidence shows that mandatory minimum sentences do not reduce crime — including gun and violent crime. Instead, mandatory minimums produce unjust results and racial disparities, and they waste taxpayer money on locking some people up for too long. Instead of spending money on longer sentences and more prisons, Maryland should focus on crime-fighting solutions that work, like smarter policing, improving police-community relations, and investing in victim services and crime prevention.

Maryland’s legislative session ended at midnight on Monday, April 9, 2018. The General Assembly will not begin its next session until January 2019.

2018 Laws and Policy

Further Reading: 2018 Bills FAMM Opposes

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Maryland

You can do several things to work toward reforming Maryland’s sentencing laws.

Latest News:

FAMM, Advocates, and Lawmakers Oppose New Crime Bills at Maryland State Capitol

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM, Advocates, and Lawmakers Oppose New Crime Bills at Maryland State Capitol Today at 11:30 a.m. at the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis, Maryland, FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) and a dozen other criminal justice reform, civil rights, and law enforcement groups gathered at a press conference to oppose Governor … Read More

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FAMM Testimony Urges Baltimore to Remove Mandatory Minimum Sentence from Handgun Bill

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2017 Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Testimony Urges Baltimore to Remove Mandatory Minimum Sentence from Handgun Bill   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring submitted testimony today to the Baltimore City Council Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee in which he expressed opposition to the proposed one-year mandatory minimum jail sentence for illegal … Read More

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