Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws have proven to be an ineffective, unjust, and expensive tool for protecting public safety. FAMM believes that state lawmakers should follow the better approach adopted by other states, which involves restoring discretion to courts to impose individualized sentences after considering all the relevant factors and circumstances of a crime. By reserving longer sentences for more serious offenders, state lawmakers can save taxpayer dollars or redirect those savings to proven alternatives to reduce crime and recidivism, including drug treatment, hiring more police, and job training.

Learn more by watching our video below, “Enhancing Public Safety at Lower Cost: Why Pennsylvania Should Reject Mandatory Minimums.”

Pennsylvania Reform

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Pennsylvania

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

Latest News:

FAMM to Discuss New State-by-State Report on Pennsylvania’s Early Prison Release Programs

Friday, June 22, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM to Discuss New State-by-State Report on Pennsylvania’s Early Prison Release Programs HARRISBURG – A panel of experts will discuss Pennsylvania’s early release programs for sick, dying, and aging prisoners on June 27, 2018, in Harrisburg. The program, “The Case for Compassionate Release: How Releasing Sick and Elderly Prisoners Makes … Read More

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The PA House’s bad idea for next week

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés lprunes@famm.org 202.621.5066 The PA House’s bad idea for next week Next week, the Pennsylvania House may take up legislation to reinstate mandatory minimum sentencing laws. We at FAMM think that’s a bad idea. Today we are releasing a new video to help educate policymakers about why individualized, evidence-based approaches … Read More

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Pennsylvania Voters Oppose Mandatory Minimum Sentences, According to New Poll

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Voters Think State Spends Too Much on Jail, Not Enough on Rehabilitation WASHINGTON, DC – Families Against Mandatory Minimum (FAMM) President Julie Stewart today released the results of a new poll of likely Pennsylvania voters, which revealed strong opposition to mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenses.  (See below for a presentation of the results, or … Read More

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