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
  • S. 353/H.R. 706 — The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2015 (Sens. Paul/Leahy; Reps. Scott/Massie)
  • S. 502/H.R. 920 — The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 (Sens. Lee/Durbin; Reps. Labrador/Scott)

State Lawmakers

Latest News

March 16, 2015

Tell Congress: The Time for Reform is Now!

Criminal justice reform has become trendy in the U.S. Congress! Members of both houses, in both parties, have introduced bills that, if passed into law, would do everything from let juveniles expunge parts of their criminal records to reform the power of police to take the property of people they arrest. These are all big… Read more »

March 6, 2015

FAMM Urges Supreme Court to Rule Part of the ACCA Unconstitutional

Federal law prohibits felons from possessing firearms or ammunition.  Those convicted of being “felons-in-possession” of firearms or ammunition face up to ten years in prison.  If the defendant has three prior felonies for drugs and/or crimes of violence, however, the judge must impose a mandatory minimum of 15 years under the Armed Career Criminal Act… Read more »