August 27, 2014

The Simpsons, Bear Patrol, and Mandatory Minimums

I spent last weekend doing what you should have been doing, to wit, binge watching The Simpsons. FXX is playing “Every Simpsons ever” 24 hours a day over a twelve-day period that began last Thursday. I spent the huge majority of my weekend watching that marathon, mostly to avoid having to walk outside in the kind of heat… Read more »

August 7, 2014

Update from Congress

Phew! It’s August already. In a nutshell, here is the full update on the U.S. Congress’s actions as of August 2014: unfortunately, Congress has not voted on or passed any sentencing reform, earned time, or good time bills. Remember, bills introduced so far won’t be “dead” until December 31, 2014, so we still have some time… Read more »

August 1, 2014

Here Is FAMM’s Priority Letter to the U.S. Sentencing Commission

Last month, we encouraged FAMM members to tell the U.S. Sentencing Commission what its priorities should be next session.The Commission has published its own set of proposed priorities, which you can see here.   While the public comment period is now over, we thought we’d share with you what FAMM asked the Sentencing Commission to do…. Read more »

August 1, 2014

Visit Your Congress Members in August and Help FAMM Change Laws!

Here in Washington, DC, I’ve been visiting dozens of offices of U.S. Representatives and Senators in Congress, convincing them to support the Smarter Sentencing Act. So far, 30 U.S. Senators have become co-sponsors of the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410), and we have 48 members of the U.S. House as co-sponsors of the House version of… Read more »

July 30, 2014

Snakes and Sentencing, Part Two

After yesterday’s post, I was thinking more about what my harrowing experience with the rattlesnake in my backyard can tell us about sentencing policy. (Yesterday’s lesson was that mandatory minimums are like so-called “snake repellent” products – they promise a lot but deliver very little but a lighter wallet.)  After I was warned about the rattlesnake in… Read more »

July 29, 2014

Mandatory Minimums: Florida’s Snake Repellent

Last week, the guy who was pressure washing my house rang my doorbell when the job was finished. I opened the door, and he said, “I think I got it looking pretty good for you.” I thanked him, we exchanged a few pleasantries, complained about the heat, chatted about the Gators and the upcoming college… Read more »


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