Sentencing Policy

The League’s History

At convention 2012, delegates voted to adopt a Sentencing Policy position by concurrence. The position is based on the Sentencing Policy of the LWV of the District of Columbia. In late 2013, the LWVUS supported the Smarter Sentencing Act, a Senate bill which would reduce federal sentences for non-violent drug offenders, but the bill did not come to the Senate floor.

The League’s Position

Statement of Position on Sentencing Policy, as Adopted by the 2012 Convention.

The LWVUS believes alternatives to imprisonment should be explored and utilized, taking into consideration the circumstances and nature of the crime. The LWVUS opposes mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.