April 24, 2015

The Faithful are Flocking to Sentencing Reform!

A priest, a rabbi, and an evangelical pastor walked into the U.S. Capitol … No, that’s not the opening line of a joke, but a summary of what’s been happening here in Washington, DC for the last two weeks – the faithful have been flocking to Congress to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform! Last week,… Read more »

April 24, 2015

Welcome Back, Kevin!

For the past 15 months, FAMM has been a three-legged dog; an all-heart boxer with a swollen eye and a broken hand. Our friend and colleague (and my mentor) Kevin Ring has been away from us, but now he’s home. It’s impossible to overstate just how much Kevin means to FAMM. (What  does fuel mean to a car engine?)… Read more »

March 24, 2015

Against “Political Justice”

In the most recent edition of the Cato Journal, Florida State University economics professor (and James Madison Institute Fellow) Randall Holcombe has an interesting piece titled “Political Capitalism.” According to Holcombe, “Political Capitalism” refers to a system in which “private sector actors are not merely acting within the framework given by government constraints,” but where… Read more »

March 10, 2015

Building New Prisons is Like Raising Taxes: Just Say No.

Over on Twitter, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the group responsible for the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” explained the idea behind why he thinks raising taxes is unjustified:  Politicians raise taxes when they lack the ability, determination and competence to reform government to cost less. Grover’s idea is simple. In an era when… Read more »

March 4, 2015

What Florida Can (And Should!) Learn From South Carolina

Here in Florida, we generally don’t care much what other states do. (Florida’s first flag featured the cool-now-but-not-so-much-back-then motto, “Let Us Alone.”) Most non-Florida folks don’t get us, and by and large we’re not much interested in getting them, either. They mock us, but, despite our shortcomings, we know they also envy us. Were they able, they’d live here, too. It’s… Read more »

February 4, 2015

Congressional Interest in Sentencing Reform is Bipartisan, Strong as Ever

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today praised the introduction of the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2015 in the U.S. Senate (S. 353) and the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 706). This is a bipartisan, bicameral federal bill that would help reduce high federal prison costs and populations. The bill, introduced in the… Read more »


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