In 2018, former State Senator Eddie Farnsworth led on earned release credits reform by passing S.B. 1310, which allowed non-violent drug users to earn up to 30% off of their sentence in prison if they successfully completed substantive rehabilitative programming.
This year’s bill, S.B. 1064, sponsored by Senator J.D. Mesnard expands the eligibility of earned release credits to incarcerated individuals with non-violent and low-level convictions to earn up to 33% off their sentences and individuals convicted of non-violent drug offenses to earn up to 50% off their sentences on the condition of completing major Department of Corrections rehabilitative and work programs successfully.
This reform mirrors part of the federal First Step Act reform, signed by President Trump in 2018, incentivizing individuals to complete programming that will reduce recidivism through work experience and addiction treatment.
Please sign the letter to encourage lawmakers to support S.B. 1064 and reform Arizona earned release credits for non-violent incarcerated individuals!