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July 27, 2015

FAMM Releases Response to NAAUSA Anti-Reform Propaganda

July 27, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, mriggs@famm.org Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today released “The Dangerous Myths of NAAUSA: A Response to the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys’ Paper Titled “The Dangerous Myths of Drug Sentencing ‘Reform.’” The release of the white paper was timed to coincide with a briefing representatives of NAAUSA… Read more »


July 13, 2015

These 46 Men and Women Received Commutations Today From President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to 46 individuals.   Jerry Allen Bailey – Charlotte, NC Offense: Conspiracy to violate narcotics laws (crack) (Western District of North Carolina) Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Apr. 2, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on November 10, 2015…. Read more »


July 10, 2015

Here’s What the Legislature Should Do After Bretherick

Yesterday the Florida Supreme Court issued its opinion in Jared Bretherick v. State of Florida. Per the opinion: The issue in this case arises from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, section 776.032, Florida Statutes (2011), which provides for immunity from prosecution when a defendant has used force in accordance with certain specified statutory circumstances. Specifically,… Read more »


June 17, 2015

More than 100 Former Federal Prosecutors, Judges, and Other Former Law Enforcement Officials Call for Federal Sentencing Reform

In a letter sent Tuesday to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate judiciary committees, 130 former federal prosecutors, federal judges, state attorneys general, and other former high-ranking law enforcement officials from across the country called on members of Congress to pass federal sentencing reform. “Individuals most likely to receive a [federal] mandatory… Read more »


June 1, 2015

A Puzzling Exception to 10-20-Life

Recently it was reported that uncovered video of a September 2013 “officer-involved shooting” in Palm Beach County might call into question the official version of that story. The video shows an officer pulling over a man, Dontrell Stephens, riding a bicycle. Stephens gets off the bicycle, then moves out of the view of the officer’s dash camera. For a… Read more »


May 22, 2015

Visit Congress Members This Memorial Day Week!

With Memorial Day weekend here, many of you are packing up and getting ready for vacations and visits. Maybe it’s a vacation with your family at the beach, or a visit with your family in the town you grew up in — or maybe it’s a visit with a loved one in prison. We’d like… Read more »


May 4, 2015

Mitt Romney: Wrong on “Mass Incarceration”

Confession! I’ve always thought Mitt Romney would have made a good president. That said, I was troubled by a comment the former Massachusetts Governor made recently on Fox News. Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave a speech in which she criticized (among other parts of the U.S. criminal justice system) “the mass incarceration that we… Read more »


 

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