U.S. Capitol

Proper sentencing and its relation to public safety is a complex issue for lawmakers. FAMM provides federal and state lawmakers and their staffs with research, data, and analysis of existing and proposed mandatory sentencing laws. We have experts and impacted people available to testify at hearings and briefings. We also provide model legislative language for repealing mandatory minimums or creating reforms such as safety valve exceptions. 


Federal Lawmakers:

  • Briefing Book for Congressional Staff — look here for lists of mandatory minimum sentences, sample legislation, sentencing data, and other useful resources
  • H.R. 2944 — The SAFE Justice Act of 2015 (Reps. Sensenbrenner/Scott)
  • S. 502/H.R. 920 — The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 (Sens. Lee/Durbin; Reps. Labrador/Scott)
  • S. 353/H.R. 706 — The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2015 (Sens. Paul/Leahy; Reps. Scott/Massie)

State Lawmakers

Latest News

June 29, 2015

Johnson v. United States, No. (13-7120)

On Friday, June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that the so-called “residual clause” of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) is so vague that it is unconstitutional.  Read on for more information regarding this decision and see the links directly below for background information regarding Johnson v. United States. January 2015: Court orders new look… Read more »

May 22, 2015

Visit Congress Members This Memorial Day Week!

With Memorial Day weekend here, many of you are packing up and getting ready for vacations and visits. Maybe it’s a vacation with your family at the beach, or a visit with your family in the town you grew up in — or maybe it’s a visit with a loved one in prison. We’d like… Read more »

May 21, 2015

Panel Discusses Illinois Prison and Sentencing Reform

(WICS ABC) — Criminal justice reform remains at the top of Governor Rauner’s agenda. Wednesday night a member of his staff sat in on a panel discussion about what could be done, to lower the state’s prison population. The panel was hosted by the Illinois Policy Institute, an independent government watchdog group. Experts weighed in,… Read more »