A Breakthrough Year: 2013 Federal Sentencing Reform Highlights

Post Date: December 20, 2013

2013 was a breakthrough year for federal sentencing reform. We saw bipartisan sentencing reform bills introduced in both Houses of the U.S. Congress. We saw new Republican and Democratic Senators and Representatives join the fight for better sentencing policies. We saw new advocates, faith groups, prosecutors, conservatives, labor unions, and law enforcement groups add their voices to a growing demand for a smarter, fairer justice system.

And it isn’t over yet — the 113th Congress lasts until December 2014, which means we have another year to work together to pass federal mandatory minimum sentencing reforms that will save money, keep the public safe, and ensure that the punishment fits the crime and the offender.

Read our 2013 Year in Review: Federal Sentencing Reform to learn about where we’ve been in 2013, and where we’re going in 2014.

48 Responses to “A Breakthrough Year: 2013 Federal Sentencing Reform Highlights”

  1. Xavier sanchex

    Just wanted to wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year and thank you all for what you do. Thank you guys and keep on fighting

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  2. Marian h. Pierre

    My son is facing a life sentence in Texas federal district in Plano Texas. For conspiracy based on the testimony of convicted felony’s know other evidences. Know telephone conversations, know drugs found. I would like to Get involved. This has torn our family apart. My son has never been in trouble before and he is 47yrs. The Clarence Aaron is so similar to my sons case I know I need to be involved.

    Please tell me how can help to prevent this injustice from happening to my son and other. Attorneys have taken all of the money my family could put together and just walked a way, telling us that you can’t win the prosecutor are very powerful and can do what ever they want .

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    • ivan latham

      I read that the judges are taking over more now than the da”s because the da’s are not fair and are causing a tremendous debt by over crowding the prisons!

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    • Sheila Potter

      My husband has worked his whole life harder than a lot of people would ever dare to work. He has always helped anyone that ever asked if he could. He has a heart of gold. When he was arrested for drugs just about everybody that lived on our road wrote letters to attest to his character. My husband had a bad addiction but as I said he has always been a hard worker and provider for his family. The sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenders are insane. To think that he could be facing at least 10 years is a night mare. I hope and pray for fairer laws to be passed for non-violet drug offenders. My husband can not even get a bond. Even if he could come home on house arrest it would help. I just don’t understand.

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  3. Genell Hobbs

    What’s taking so long. So over do. They ready to be with their family. Been gone way to long for the crime. I don’t understand the way of the law sometimes.

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  4. Diane Sampson

    My family and I pray everyday that these bills get passed , my husband is serving a lengthy sentence for first time non violent drug offense at the age of 53. So we are praying our wish comes true that these bills get passed and we can be together again . God bless famm and all the support we have but mostly god bless the men and women who are serving sentences that don’t fit their crimes

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  5. Shelli childs

    My husband is incarcerated in the Federal Prison system and it would be wonderful to see him come home this next year!

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  6. lauren perreira

    My soon to be husband is incarerated in Butner FMC correctional facility in Butner N.C. I hope this bill pass. He is under the case of the crack cocaine issue. He has done almost 14yrs. He told me 8 inmates was released on Dec19,2013. He also told me he will,be home soon before2017 which is his original rease yr. Please keep me informed on all updates.

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  7. Francila

    Thank you famm constituents for pushing these sentencing reform bills to bring our love ones home. I have read many stories of nonviolent offenders who are looking at life sentences and unnecessary years in a federal system that is broken while the real hardcore criminals are getting a slap on the wrist and committing more robberies and murder more then ever.

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    • cjenkins

      Hello Famm thank u all for yall all hard work. I pray to God everyday tht this bill pass in 2014. I have a husband thts in federal custody as well n im keeping up with all the update info as well. Keep doing wht u doing for our love ones to reunite with there family n life again. Muah

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  8. Caring in Baltimore

    Knocked out asleep in his legally parked car. Convicted FELON in possession of à handgun. Prior felonys equals less than 5 grams of crack. It will cost thé gov’t $330k To house him. This is outrageous. There are currently no bills To stop this robbery from taxpayers. You tell Me, who are thé real criminals?

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  9. Briahna

    Thank you FAMM for all you do. My husband is serving a 20 year sentence. I am in support of all bills and I hope to see him home soon. He is incacerated on drugs based on witness testimony. Serving this much time has torn our family apart by taking him out of his children’s life and my life. I’m wishing the best for my family and all the other families who are affected by mandatory minimums. Happy Holidays!

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  10. Laura Jarvis

    My son has been incarcerated for 6yrs now and I would so love to see him come home, he had just turned 17 when he was sentenced. I am very happy that this bill has passed. Please keep me informed to all the updates. Thank you. I wish you ALL a very Merry Christmas.

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  11. Stephanie Allen-Gobert

    Thank you FAMM for what you do…I feel change will come.2014 will bring amazing things for Famm and so many of us fighting for the unjust mandatory minimum laws. Happy holidays!&lets get ready 2014, to bring my husband and so many more home…

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  12. Christy

    I would like too thank famm for everything. I am praying everyday that these laws pass I would love for my husband to come home to be with his family God is not sleep!!! He knows all what we are going through and he will make all things work out if you have faith believe and you shall seek.

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  13. Mechelle

    my son have not gotten his time yet im praying 4 us all we need this law passed! let’s all pray!!

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  14. laura godinez

    Thank you famm you are giving me hope so my husband can return home soon to his family he has been gone for almost 4 years. this is a first time non violent offense. he is schedule to be released on 2019. he needs to be home with his family. I wish this law passes soon. I don’t think its fair how people get sentenced so long.

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  15. shirley

    My fiance is in a federal prison in florida his time for the florida crime will be up in April of 2014 and now he is doing time in the same prison just for probation violation he has 2 years witch I find is way to much time just for breaking your probation he needs to come home he is not on drugs or anything please bring him home

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  16. Sonja Dillard

    Happy Holidays. My husband is serving a minimun mandatory of ten yrs for crack cocaine charge. He has been in 4 yrs already. Please continue to fight for our family members to be returned home.

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  17. sandy

    My husband to be is serving a sentence in a federal prison in three rivers tx i want to thank famm for all of your hard work you do to get these bills passed i pray its real soon

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  18. pattum

    My husband is in federal prison until2021 he has served 15years already bexause of his gun charge and drug possession. Its time for a break to give people who have done most of their time. Whike staying out of trouble. Their familes miss and love them too. It just amazes me ti see and hear pwople with more serious charges go home before him that is just wrong. Let the ones that have done majority of their time get a chance. Thank you for the fight.

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    • Chelse Brown

      I totally agree with Pattum. My high school sweetheart and now fiance’ has been prison for 18 years now. He has served majority of his time and deserves a second chance. I will continue to pray and contribute to the fight, while FAMM physically work hard to fight for a fair reform bill for ALL of the men and women in the Federal prison system.

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  19. Maly D. Rosado

    Please have Julie contact me, I would like to help, Also I am from CT, Blumenthals, Murphy, and I know congressman Larson, Would like to hold a fundraiser… Thank You,
    Maly D. Rosado (860) 794-1646

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  20. Inmatelover

    Hello,

    If you know of anyone that is in federal prison that desires to be kept up to date on criminal justice reform issues please tell them to send a TRULINK email request to inmatelover85@yahoo.com. I keep a good number of federal inmates up todate and would love to have more.

    Blessings,

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    • Tiffany

      Is TRULINK the same thing as CORRLINKS? If so, i would like to give the email address to my fiance who is currently serving a 10 yr mandatory sentence in Oxford. We are both praying this reform gets granted and he can come home to his family!

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  21. Tyra Toombs

    Thank you famm for continuing to push for this. Me and my Fiancee pray about this everyday that it passes so that he can be released early. His kids truly need him out here. He has been gone 7 years, never not once was able to get an visit cause he was shipped so far away! I pray that everything will go forward this year so that he can be reunited with his family! Thanks in advance

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  22. Paula

    Merry Christmas famm and family. Best wishes for the holiday. I will keep everyone in prayer. Because God can change all things.

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  23. Chelse Brown

    I will continue to pray for good news and an early release for my love one, who is currently incarcerated at FCC Petersburg Low in Petersburg, VA (Hopewell, VA). He’s been in the Federal system since the age of 23 and is now 40. He deserves a second chance, a new lease on life to show that he can and will be a productive citizen. Please continue to fight for this reform bill. It’s about time for a fair bill. Thank you for all you do.

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    • judy ffisher

      chelse i am judy fisher my son is in petersburg fcc low also i could use all the help i can get too fiind out how to help him he has been down for about 3 yrs and his release date is not until 2028. Thanks

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  24. Tamika

    Thanks for all you have done and will continue to do.I’m praying that my soon to be hubby will be home in 2014.He has been locked up since 96 and his release date is March,2018 that is to much time for a crack charge….God is getting ready to open up some doors in 2014 and I can’t wait….

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  25. Tracy Dixon

    This is a joy of faith if all bills needed is passed. My love one is in federal prison in Coleman,FL serving a 26 yr sentence already gone almost 12 yrs. He was setup by an agent. The courts used two priors when he was young and had already served state time for to career criminal him. He would have only gotten 10 to 12 yrs if that would been done. Please everyone pray and ask God to answer all our prayers.

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  26. Shawna L.D. Fulton

    My very close friend has served 11 and half years for gun and cocaine charge. He has served more than enough time in prison. Its time to let these love ones come home. I support this BILL. I also ask in the name of Jesus that this Bill be passed asap so our love ones can be returned home where they belong.

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  27. james

    Thank you FAMM for giving us hope our mother of five beautifull children is in for eighteen months on a violation of supervised release…. why did she get so much she has no criminal historytime were other violators from our area r getting three to six month sentences… who have worse records.. my wife has no crimu

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  28. glenda mason

    Thank you famm for being that voice
    we need to stop this injustice in our country.We could educate 1000 young adults fresh out of high school per year with the resources that is being wasted on none violent offenders please keep me updated

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  29. glenda mason

    Thank you famm keep fighting stay focus on this great cause . I know youve heard it before im innocent but i really was and still is for a crime i didn’t do i needed a voice and didn’t have one to help me.thank you ,your voice is loud and powerful and will be heard !!!GLENDA MASON BHAM ALABAMA

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  30. Deannia

    My son was sentenced to 10 years on a very small drug charge. The system in Oklahoma wanted to make an example with him they said. This state locked my child away as if he was some type of drug Lord which he is not. It’s been 7 years and he has paid for his crime but unfortunately he can’t get out because of mandatory minimum law. We need help! Can anyone please help us? Please!

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  31. laura

    Thanks, famm for trying get our love ones home. I’m supporting the site. I praying bill get pass in 2014. Get me updated

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  32. Christian

    The US lawmakers are enjoying a vacation right now but I hope they consider the “All Drugs minus 2″ bill, the other 3 bills before the committee are great but non of them help my Lady, a crack conspiracy involving 6, 2 serving life and she is on 20 years with 3.5 to go. No one was hurt or killed during the sales but the feds found a gun on one of them. I think 20 years is plenty but unless someone lobby’s for these types of people still in prison then they will die there. Certainly they couldn’t hold their breaths for the doj or even obama to do something to right the wrong.

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  33. Pam

    Thank god I don’t have anyone incarcerated. But I have a friend who has a son incarcerated in the Feds. This young man was given life on a non violent drug charge. Which I think is outrageous. There are people that has taken life and sentenced with less time. Too many are going to prison for too long for non-violent crime. Let’s change this … This is not right, let the crime fit the time. Life, REALLY !!!! Then they take them and send them far from their family. So not only are they incarcerated they can’t see their family time for a change !!

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  34. candies

    Thank you Famm for all you do
    I pray that 2014 be the year for retroactive to bring home All whom need to be with their loved ones, (Bring the boys home!) Mandatory Minimums are killing our men!!

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  35. Nweber

    Thank you FAMM for everything yo are doing, not only for my loved one who is in FCC Petersburg Low, and has already served 9 YEARS!! But for the the THOUSAND’S of federal inmates serving unnecessary sentences! Thank You for being their voices!!

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  36. debbie

    My son is incarcerated in texas federal prison he went from federal custody to state custody where he did 2 and half years on a five year sentence for probation violation then was released back to the federal system where he has to do a 3 year sentence witch he should have gotten credit for i think its unfair for the federal system to be able to start stop and restart time please get my son home he has no violent crimes. and has done enough time for the crime thank you

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  37. TW

    I have a friend that has been imprisoned for 18 yrs for cocaine, trafficking and a gun charge. I feel that this an unfair world that we are living in, especially when we are giving child molesters, predators, rapists, murders etc less time. I am not saying that what he has done was right, we all make mistakes but to receive life for this is outrageous!! I pray that change is here in 2014, there are tons of families that have been distroyed by these unjust sentences. We have paid out more in taxes and support to the families where their loved ones could have been home earning a living to provide. Please it’s time for CHANGE in 2014!!!

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  38. Patrice

    My soon to be husband is serving a mandatory minimum of 10 years for a $20 bag of weed he sold when he was 19. He has been down now for 3 1/2 years and so far has lost his mother this year while in a federal prison, and may look at losing his father also because of prostate cancer. Thank you FAMM for keeping us updated on these bills. My soon to be husband is a non violent offender, the sick part is, my daughters father did less time for manslaughter then my husband is doing now. Please everyone get on your knees and pray that these laws are passed and made retroactive so our lived ones can come home next year. 2014 let make this a good year.

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  39. june johnson

    My man isin PETERSBURG FCI LOW he has all ready served 24 years of a 30 years he has lost 2 BROTHERS AND HIS dad IS 73 and he is 56 now and served most of his time and has lost his FAMILY I can not even imagine that pain so he has been pushed in his FREEDOM and FAMILY so they need to pass all of the bills

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