October 22, 2014

FAMM issues final report on Massachusetts candidates’ positions on mandatory minimum drug sentences

86% of respondents favor repeal or reform  BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has issued an updated report about candidates’ positions on Massachusetts’ drug sentencing laws. This version, prepared to educate voters ahead of the general election, details how the final slate of candidates for five major state races view mandatory minimum sentencing laws… Read more »

October 14, 2014

CBS News on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

CBS News Sunday Morning did a special segment on sentencing reform and the effects mandatory minimum sentences have on individuals and their families. This segment dives into the harsh realities of Orville Lee Wollard’s case, a first time offender who received a 20 year mandatory minimum sentence for firing a warning shot while trying to… Read more »

October 9, 2014

New Poll Finds 77% of Americans Support Eliminating Mandatory Minimums for Non-Violent Offenses

A new Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey finds that 77 percent of Americans support eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses. That number is up from 71 percent in December 2013, the last time Reason-Rupe polled on the question. You can find the full survey results here (PDF); mandatory minimums are question 17.  “Almost three decades have… Read more »

October 1, 2014

AG Eric Holder: No More Super Mandatory Minimums to Punish Defendants Who Want a Trial

Attorney General Eric Holder has issued a memo prohibiting prosecutors from using the threat of enhanced mandatory minimum sentences solely to force criminal defendants to plead guilty in drug trafficking cases. These super-sized mandatory minimums, called “section 851 enhancements,” allow prosecutors to ensure a defendant’s mandatory minimum sentence is doubled or even increased to life in… Read more »

September 25, 2014

Congress Update: Gone for Elections, and Home With You!

Easy come, easy go – members of Congress came back to Washington, DC after a long August break and then worked only a handful of days in September. They didn’t pass any of our sentencing reform bills. Instead, they passed a budget resolution to avoid a government shutdown and then, on September 19, flew back home to… Read more »

September 2, 2014

New report from FAMM: Massachusetts candidates’ positions on mandatory minimum drug sentences

Over 90% of respondents favor repeal or reform   Media contact: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878 or Mike Riggs, (202) 621-6706 BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is excited to release a collection of surveys detailing how 24 candidates for four offices view mandatory minimum drug laws in Massachusetts. FAMM asked candidates from every major race—including governor,… Read more »


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