Bill summary: In 2017, Pew Research Center presented extensive research on "what works" in the field of sentencing reform to members of the Sentencing Reform Oversight Committee. In early 2018, the Committee filed H.3322, an omnibus sentencing reform bill containing many positive changes intended to enhance public safety while simultaneously reducing the prison and jail populations and saving taxpayer dollars. Some aspects of the bill included: the elimination of all mandatory minimum sentencing and the opportunity for individuals with lengthy sentences to petition the court for re-sentencing after serving at least ten years. Regrettably, this bill was largely gutted by the end of the 2019 legislative session.
While we support comprehensive sentencing reform, we cannot support this bill in its current state. We encourage the Legislature to restore the elements of H.3322 that were recommended by experts as best practices for reducing prison and jail populations while enhancing public safety.