March 18, 2016

Alligators, Mandatory Minimums, and the Death of Common Sense

I saw a news story yesterday about a woman from Lakeland, Florida, Mary Thorn, who owns a pet alligator. The story was about how she might have to give up the alligator – Rambo is its name – because Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Regulations require that any pet alligator longer than six feet must live… Read more »

December 16, 2015

Emerging Advocates

Nathan Warner, a 17-year-old senior at Independence High School in Independence, Wis. created the documentary below for his English class. Nathan first learned about mandatory minimum sentences after researching state-level drug sentencing reforms. “With the recent marijuana legalizations in Colorado and other states, I became interested and immersed myself in learning more about the United States’ drug policy…. Read more »

November 2, 2015

Factual Response to Prosecutors’ “Softening Sentences, Losing Leverage”

Factual Response to Washington Post’s October 31, 2015 article, ”Softening Sentences, Losing Leverage” The story at the heart of the article involves the use by prosecutors of an existing federal mandatory minimum law requiring 20 years for an offender whose drug trafficking led to the death or serious bodily injury of another person. Throughout the… Read more »

October 26, 2015

Debi Campbell Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Debi Campbell was sentenced to 19 years in prison for her role in a meth distribution conspiracy. Ms. Campbell, who served her full sentence (minus 15 percent, the maximum allowable “earned time” in the federal system) says now that she needed a wake-up call–but that her sentence went far beyond what was necessary.  Ms. Campbell is now… Read more »

October 16, 2015

New FAMM Poll Reveals Unprecedented Support for Eliminating Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Results Suggest Public Wants Congress to Pass Bold Reforms MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs,, 202-822-6706  WASHINGTON, DC – Families Against Mandatory Minimum (FAMM) President Julie Stewart today released the results of a new poll [pdf], which revealed that an astonishing 77 percent of Americans support repealing mandatory minimums for nonviolent offenses. FAMM commissioned the poll, which… Read more »

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 »


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