Criminal Justice Policy: Western States

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ALASKA

PFCJR POSITION: SUPPORTS

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HB 49: Repealing Criminal Justice Reform

This bill, signed by Alaska governor  returned

ARIZONA

PFCJR POSITION: SUPPORTS

Just Sentencing Bill of 2019

This bill opposes Arizona’s “truth in sentencing” laws and seeks to allow inmates to earn time off of their sentences. People convicted of violent crimes or other certain serious offenses would have to serve at least 68 percent of their sentences behind bars, while others else would be required to serve a minimum of 50 percent of their sentences. Both categories of inmates would serve out an additional 15 percent of their sentences on community supervision. 

PFCJR POSITION: OPPOSES

“Truth in Sentencing” Law

Arizona has one of the strictest sentencing policies in the nation. The Truth in Sentencing Law requires all inmates to serve at least 85% of their sentences, regardless of their behavior and actions in correctional facilities. The law also eliminates parole for anyone sentenced after January 1, 1994. 

CALIFORNIA

PFCJR POSITION: SUPPORTS

Youth Development and Diversion: SB 433 CA This bill requires the State Department of Social Services to establish and oversee a pilot program called the Office of Youth Development and Diversion Pilot Program. It seeks to advance a comprehensive, coordinated, and expanded approach to youth diversion, with the goal of minimizing youth contact with the juvenile or criminal justice systems.
  • Learn more abut the bill here

PFCJR POSITION: OPPOSES

COLORADO

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HAWAII

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HB 581: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform

This bill would bring overdue reform to Idaho’s sentencing laws. It would reduce prosecutorial power and restore judicial discretion by eliminating mandatory sentences for certain trafficking penalties and allowing for judges to make decisions based upon individual cases and contexts. 

  • Read more on bill here
SB 1307: Fair Chance Employment
 
This bill would reduce recidivism by allowing people returning to the workforce post-incarceration to access fair employment opportunities. It would eliminate blanket exclusions of people with criminal records and delay criminal history checks until later in the hiring process. 
 
  • Read more on bill here

PFCJR POSITION: OPPOSES

HB 444: Stand Your Ground 

This bill would dramatically expand Idaho’s homicide statutes. According to the ACLU, it would “give individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves, without a duty to retreat from a dangerous situation, if the individual believes force is necessary to prevent their death or serious bodily injury. HB 444 would encourage vigilante justice and exacerbate the already rampant racial disparities in Idaho’s criminal justice system.”
 
  • Read more on bill here

PFCJR POSITION: SUPPORTS

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NEW MEXICO

PFCJR POSITION: SUPPORTS

SB 96, HB 370: Criminal Record Expungement

New Mexico was one of the only states without an accessible way to clear past arrest records, causing massive obstacles to employment, safe housing, and other damaging consequences of incarceration. With this new law, previously incarcerated people will be able to clear their records upon returning to society, and move forward with their lives.

  • Sponsored by Representative Moe Maestas and Senator Bill O’Neill
  • Expungement was vetoed by former governors Susana Martinez and Bill Richardson
  • Read more on bill here

PFCJR POSITION: OPPOSES

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SB 1008: Youth Justice Reform

This bill would establish that all youth convicted in adult court have access to a “Second Look” hearing halfway through the sentence. It also takes criminally accused youth out of the adult justice system and into the juvenile justice system, and eliminates life without parole sentences for youth in Oregon.

  • Read more on bill here

PFCJR POSITION: OPPOSES

UTAH

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WASHINGTON

PFCJR POSITION: SUPPORTS

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WYOMING

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