Post Date: November 6, 2013
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is today holding a hearing on “Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons & Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism” in Washington, D.C. FAMM’s president and founder, Julie Stewart, submitted testimony to the committee on FAMM’s recommendations for sentencing reforms that will protect the public, save money, and allow the punishment to fit the crime and the offender. Writes Stewart:
“I appreciate the opportunity to submit this written statement on behalf of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). FAMM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating for fair, proportionate, and individualized sentences that fit the crime and the offender and protect the public.
FAMM supports punishment for those who violate our nation’s laws and believes incarceration is necessary to protect the public from dangerous and violent offenders. We know, however, that mandatory minimum sentences are not essential to reducing crime and in fact contribute to the public safety funding crisis our nation faces today. Common sense sentencing reforms are particularly important, urgent, and relevant today because they will increase public safety by ensuring that the Department of Justice (DOJ) spends its limited resources on investigating, arresting, and prosecuting the most violent and dangerous offenders, rather than wasting that money on the needless incarceration of thousands of nonviolent and low-level offenders serving excessive mandatory minimum sentences.” Download FAMM’s testimony and watch the webcast of the hearing, which begins at 10 am ET.