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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 The bill repealed most of the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentences.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 Welcomes Maryland Sentencing Reform Recommendations

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Urges State Lawmakers to Embrace, Broaden Council’s Proposals FAMM Director of Strategic Initiatives Kevin Ring today praised the members of the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (JRCC) for including mandatory minimum prison sentencing law reforms in their final report to lawmakers. The JRCC, which includes representatives from Governor Larry Hogan’s office and the Maryland General … Read More

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