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.
April 24, 2015
A priest, a rabbi, and an evangelical pastor walked into the U.S. Capitol … No, that’s not the opening line of a joke, but a summary of what’s been happening here in Washington, DC for the last two weeks – the faithful have been flocking to Congress to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform! Last week,… Read more »
April 17, 2015
On Monday, April 20 the Supreme Court will listen to arguments about whether a section of the Armed Career Criminal Act is so vague that it is unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the Court will look at vagueness and crimes involving designer drugs. In this Atlantic article, Professor Garrett Epps explains the problem. And Professor Rory Little… Read more »
April 15, 2015
We have heard from many of you asking why the recent amendments to the federal Sentencing Guidelines were not made retroactive. The short answer is: we don’t know because the Commission did not explain its decision. We can make some informed guesses however. Please note that our “informed guesses” below are in reference to the… Read more »