January 2, 2015

The Most Important Criminal Justice Reform the Florida Legislature Can Pass in 2015

Last year, the legislature passed SB 360, which raised the trafficking threshold weights for oxycodone and hydrocodone, and recalibrated the mandatory minimum for “trafficking” in those drugs. The bill effectively repealed the mandatory minimum for possession or distribution of less than 14 grams of hydrocodone and seven grams of oxycodone, and was a very good… Read more »

December 31, 2014

We Can Save Lives in 2015

This was a great year. Any time we reduce sentences for more than 40,000 prisoners – as we did this summer – I feel like we’re making progress. But I just received a letter from a prisoner named David that reminded me, in stark terms, how much despair there still is behind bars. He wrote:… Read more »

December 30, 2014

395 People Won’t Die in Prison

This has been a great year for me. In March, I left the world of journalism to oversee FAMM’s communications department. In short order, I went from covering the need for better criminal justice policy, to fighting for it tooth and nail. Julie and FAMM were an inspiration to me when I was on the… Read more »

December 23, 2014

Won’t Stop Fighting

When a loved one goes to prison, it’s an indescribable loss— you mourn for them and cry and it shakes up your world. Your heart is ripped open and you are sick to your stomach. This is what happened when my brother, Tim Tyler, was given a mandatory life sentence in 1994 for selling LSD…. Read more »

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 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 »


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