June 1, 2011
The U.S. Sentencing Commission will hold a hearing on June 1 to consider whether and how to make lower crack guidelines retroactive. Julie Stewart, President of FAMM, and FAMM member Natasha Darrington will testify.
If you're coming to D.C.
We are so glad that you are joining us on June 1 for the U.S. Sentencing Commission hearing! In advance of the hearing we want to provide you with some more details as well as an opportunity to meet with your members of Congress. FAMM president and founder Julie Stewart and FAMM member Natasha Darrington will testify at the hearing at 2:15. Click here
for the full schedule.
The hearing will be held from 8:45am to 3:00pm on the
ground floor of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus
Circle, N.E., Washington, D.C., right next to Union Station and about five
blocks north of the Capitol. Click here
FAMM will have
someone stationed by the entrance of the hearing throughout the day if you have
will be able to identify us by looking for a large FAMM nametag. Please stop by
and say hi!
We invite you to
participate in FAMM’s “Why I Care” online video project.
“Why I Care” will show the strength of the
sentencing reform movement by showcasing the diverse voices of individuals and
families impacted by unjust sentencing laws. See inside your FAMM hearing packet for more information.
can leave and re-enter the hearing room as needed but there is no talking while
inside the hearing.
with FAMM rep for nametags, maps, orientation.
am – 3 pm Sentencing Commission hearing
am 45-minute advocacy training
(Room G-425, Marshall Building)
meetings, hearing panels
am – 1 pm “Why I Care”
recordings (Room G-425, Marshall Building)
pm Hearing Panel with FAMM
President Julie Stewart
– 4:30pm Wrap-up and debrief
Grill (50 Massachusetts Ave NE)
Opening Remarks (8:30 a.m.)
Panel I. Executive Branch Panel (8:30 a.m.
- 9:15 a.m.)
TBAPanel II. Practitioners Panel (9:15 a.m. -
Michael S. Nachmanoff
Federal Public Defender
Eastern District of Virginia
Practitioners Advisory Group
Co-Chairman of the Sentencing Subcommittee
Criminal Justice Section
American Bar Association
Jim E. Lavine
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Break (10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
Panel III. Law Enforcement Experts Panel
(10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)
Asa Hutchinson Law Group
National Vice President
Fraternal Order of Police
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Christopher D. Chiles
Chairman of the Board
National District Attorneys Association
Huntington, West Virginia
Panel IV. Judicial Branch Panel (11:15 a.m.
- 11:45 a.m.)
Honorable Reggie Walton
Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference
United States District Judge
Panel V. Academics Panel (11:45 a.m. - 12:30
Steven L. Chanenson
Associate Dean for Faculty Research
Professor of Law
Villanova University School of Law
Michael M. O'Hear
Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Law
Marquette University Law School
Break (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
Panel VI. Community Interest Panel (1:30 p.m.
- 2:15 p.m.)
The Sentencing Project
Hilary O. Shelton
Washington Bureau Director &
Senior Vice President for Advocacy
Senior Legislative Counsel
Panel VII. Community Interest Panel (2:15
p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Julie Stewart and Natasha Darrington
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Senior Policy Analyst for Civil and Criminal Justice Reform
Open Society Institute
Jasmine L. Tyler
Deputy Director of National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance
Parking and places to eat
If you are driving, Union Station
will be the easiest place to park. Parking is not cheap. It costs: 1st hr $6.00; 2 hrs $9.00; 3 hrs $12.00; 3-4 hrs $13.00; 4-5 hrs $15.00; 5-12 hrs $17.00; 12-24 hrs $19.00; 24 hr periods $19.00.
Once you arrive, you can grab breakfast at Union Station (quick serve dining locations on this list
include Au Bon Pain, Corner Bakery and McDonald’s, or at one of the neighboring restaurants.
The Thurgood Marshall Building is next to Union Station and is very distinctive. It has a large glass front with an atrium inside. To enter you must go through a metal detector. To enter the Commission hearing you will be required to show a photo ID to a guard at a security desk. Anyone can attend a public hearing.
Breakfast and lunch are on your own, though there are a number of places near the U.S. Sentencing Commission, including:
Look for other FAMM members to enjoy lunch with. It is a great opportunity to get to know others fighting for the same cause!
Please email email@example.com
if you have any questions.