December 19, 2014

113th Congress is Over, But Sentencing Reform Isn’t

Well, it’s over. On December 16, Congress voted to finish its work for the year and adjourn. Then, members of Congress took to the skies and flew back home for the holidays. Here’s what this means for federal sentencing reform: The bad news: All the federal sentencing reform and good time credit bills we have… Read more »

December 16, 2014

Let Them Eat Cake

No, we’re not talking about the French Revolution – but another revolution that is taking place right here at home. More and more Americans are demanding an end to harsh sentencing laws that lock up our loved ones and neighbors for far too long. And as their voices grow, law makers respond. Which is why… Read more »

December 10, 2014

The Value of One Year of Freedom

One year ago today, Reynolds Wintersmith Jr. was serving a mandatory federal life sentence for a non-violent drug crime that he committed as a teenaged first-time offender. One year ago today, Reynolds had spent every day of his adult life in a prison cell. One year ago today, the story of Reynolds’s conviction, his life… Read more »

December 9, 2014

Read Our Testimony to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights

Written Testimony of Julie Stewart, President and Founder Families Against Mandatory Minimums, submitted to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights for the hearing on The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States, December 9, 2014.  On behalf of the more than 70,000 supporters of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), I… Read more »

December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Letters From Prison

Every November, Julie Stewart, FAMM’s founder and president, writes a Thanksgiving message to the federal prisoners for whom we advocate. This year, Julie gave thanks for the prisoners themselves, for teaching her “that everyone can find forgiveness, redemption, and gratitude no matter their circumstances.” Many of those prisoners wrote FAMM back. Their responses–heartfelt, pained, grateful, frustrated, hopeful–call… Read more »

December 4, 2014


I’m a newbie at FAMM. This summer I was hired to research and write the stories of the men and women who bear the burden of the harsh punishments our country has been doling out for the past 30 years. It’s both depressing and inspiring work. Before coming to FAMM, I’d comforted too many friends… Read more »

November 25, 2014

Thankful I Know Prisoners

It’s almost Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for: my health, family, and freedom, as well as the sentencing reforms we’ve won this year. Our federal reforms will reduce prison sentences by two years, on average, (thank you, U.S. Sentencing Commission!), and Florida sentencing reforms will save future drug… Read more »


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