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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 The bill repealed most of the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentences.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 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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Joint Statement: Baltimore City Council Should Reject Mandatory Minimum Sentence

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

  Joint Statement: Baltimore City Council Should Reject Mandatory Minimum Sentence WASHINGTON – Today, the following criminal justice and civil rights organizations issued this joint statement in response to Baltimore City’s proposed handgun safety law, which will be debated before the City Council on Tuesday, July 25, and contains a mandatory minimum sentence of one … Read More

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FAMM Praises Maryland Leaders for Eliminating Mandatory Minimums for Low-Level Drug Offenders

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jessica Breslin, jbreslin@famm.org, 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON — Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Vice President Kevin Ring congratulated state lawmakers in Maryland today for passing legislation to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. The legislation also permits those sentenced to drug mandatory minimums in the past to go back to court and … Read More

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