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April 11, 2014

Florida Legislature Reforms Prescription Drug Trafficking Sentences

By a vote of 113-2, the Florida House passed a bill today aimed at reducing the number of people subjected to mandatory minimums for prescription drug offenses. The House vote follows the Florida Senate’s passage of SB 360 in late March. “This common sense bill is a step forward in addressing the demand side of… Read more »


April 11, 2014

U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes to Lower Federal Drug Sentences

Yesterday, another important step was taken to improve federal drug sentences!  In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to lower the drug sentencing guidelines by two levels, which will result in sentence reductions of 11 months, on average!  The Commissioners will send this new amendment to Congress on May 1st and if Congress… Read more »



April 3, 2014

Gearing up in Massachusetts

We’re busy these days in Massachusetts, where FAMM is fighting hard to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for state drug offenses. FAMM drafted two bills this legislative session – one, H.1646, would repeal mandatory minimums for drugs and allow all drug offenders already serving mandatory minimums to be eligible for parole, earned “good conduct” credits and work… Read more »


April 2, 2014

U.S. Sentencing Commission to Vote on “Drugs Minus Two” Amendment

On April 10, the U.S. Sentencing Commission will vote on the various amendments they are considering sending to Congress this amendment cycle. Included in that group is an amendment we are calling “drugs minus two,” which would lower the drug sentencing guidelines by two levels. Thanks to many of you and your loved ones, the Commission received… Read more »


April 1, 2014

Julie on Justice: Reasons to be Happy

My kids love the song “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams from the movie Despicable Me 2. They play it over and over, and now it’s stuck in my head.  But I’ve decided that’s not such a bad thing because the lyrics pretty much capture what I’m feeling these days, “Can’t nothing bring me down, My level’s… Read more »


March 27, 2014

Mandatory Minimums: The Saw Palmetto of Criminal Justice Policy

About two years ago, my dad had a prostate cancer scare. After an annual exam, his doctor revealed that his PSA levels were elevated sufficiently to cause concern. (Generally, the higher a man’s PSA levels, the more likely it is that he has or will develop prostate cancer.) As you might imagine, I was pretty… Read more »


 

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