Post Date: March 1, 2018
Contact: Rabiah Burks
FAMM Statement on Nomination of William Otis to U.S. Sentencing Commission
WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM president Kevin Ring issued the following statement on William Otis, one of four nominees put forward today by the Trump administration for the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the administrative body that writes and updates the federal sentencing guidelines used to sentence more than 70,000 people each year in federal courts:
FAMM has never taken a position before on U.S. Sentencing Commission nominees, but we feel compelled to change that policy in light of today’s announcement. Mr. Otis’s outdated views are well-known and well-documented. This is not a person who will be guided by evidence and data. The Senate should reject this nomination.
FAMM is a nonpartisan, national advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice reforms to make our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM promotes change by raising the voices of families and individuals who are directly affected by counterproductive sentencing and prison policies.
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