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.
January 28, 2016
In 2014, Congress created a bipartisan panel of experts called the Chuck Colson Task Force to spend a year reviewing the federal criminal justice system. The Task Force was chaired by two former members of Congress, J.C. Watts (R-OK) and Alan Mollohan (D-WV), and included corrections experts and former judges, prosecutors, and criminal defense lawyers…. Read more »
January 5, 2016
The United States Sentencing Commission will hold a public meeting on Friday, January 8 at 1:00 eastern time. At that meeting, the Commission should vote on the crime of violence amendment (really a package of proposed amendments and issues for comment) and vote to publish new proposed amendments. You can view the public meeting online. … Read more »
December 21, 2015
(Washington Post) — President Obama commuted the sentences of 95 drug offenders Friday, more than double the number he granted this summer, in an effort to give relief to drug offenders who were harshly sentenced in the nation’s war on drugs. It is the third time this year that the president has used his unique… Read more »