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. 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

April 24, 2015

The Faithful are Flocking to Sentencing Reform!

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

FAMM Urges Supreme Court to Rule Part of the ACCA Unconstitutional

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

Sentencing Commission Retroactivity FAQ

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 »