August 19, 2015

What Can Gordon Ramsay Teach us About Mandatory Minimums?

I’ve been watching old episodes of Kitchen Nightmares on Netflix. It’s a great show. The premise is simple: Chef Gordon Ramsay – who rules – visits struggling restaurants and tries to turn them around. Every episode has exactly the same arc (which doesn’t matter because they’re all compelling): Ramsay visits the restaurant and has lunch,… Read more »

August 13, 2015

“Kate’s Law,” Unintended Consequences, and Public Safety

Over at “American Thinker,” “Newsmachete” is incredulous that Senator Mike Lee (R, Utah) opposes a bill that would impose a five-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for anyone who is deported and then comes back to the United States. Here’s what Newsmachete says: Five years may be harsh where the only crime is re-entering our country illegally.  But our citizens are being… Read more »

July 27, 2015

FAMM Releases Response to NAAUSA Anti-Reform Propaganda

July 27, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, 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 are… 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 »


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