April 24 – Massachusetts Judiciary Committee Hearing!

Post Date: April 22, 2014

The Massachusetts Judiciary Committee will hold its public hearing on FAMM’s bills this Thursday, April 24. This is our chance to show the Judiciary Committee just how wrong mandatory minimums are. Please join us! 

Time and place.
   The hearing will be held at the State House in Boston, in Hearing Room A2. The hearing will start at 1:30 p.m.; doors open at 1:00 p.m. Many other bills will be heard that day, so the hearing may last until 5 p.m. or even later. Unfortunately, we won’t know in advance when FAMM’s panel will be called to testify. Click here for more information about getting to the State House and the hearing room.

Testimony in support of our bills. Here are the people who will be testifying on FAMM’s panel:

  • Eric Duphily, who served a mandatory minimum sentence;
  • Michelle Collette, who also served a mandatory minimum sentence;
  • A representative from the Mass. Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR);
  • Jerry Madden, Senior Fellow at the Texas-based Right on Crime, who will offer the conservative arguments for repealing mandatory minimums; and
  • Me.

We know that other organizations and individuals will also be testifying in support of FAMM’s bills.  We greatly appreciate their support.

Follow-up to the hearing. The Judiciary Committee will not vote or make any other decisions on April 24. It could be several more weeks until they take any action. Your presence is an important way to show them that voters demand change.

We’ve got a busy week coming up – and couldn’t be more excited. We hope that you are, too. As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.


Barbara J. Dougan
Massachusetts Project Director
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

Contact FAMM’s Massachusetts Project:
By phone: (617) 543-0878
By email: bdougan@famm.org
By mail: P.O. Box 54, Arlington, MA 02476