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. Please give us a call at (202) 822-6700 if we can help you or your staff.
July 30, 2013
Yesterday, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced that the Committee will have a hearing on the Justice Safety Valve Act, S. 619, and mandatory minimum sentences in September 2013. Chairman Leahy and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Justice Safety Valve Act earlier this year. An identical version, H.R. 1695, has been… Read more »
June 24, 2013
A new bipartisan task force comprising members of the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing this month to examine the growing problem known as overcriminalization. I was cautiously optimistic when I first learned of the task force’s creation, because I believe that the explosion of federal criminal laws—many of which are vague and carry… Read more »
June 22, 2013
Congress’s new bipartisan task force on overcriminalization in the justice system held its first hearing earlier this month. It was a timely meeting: national crime rates are at historic lows, yet the federal prison system is operating at close to 40 percent over capacity. Representative Karen Bass, a California Democrat, asked a panel of experts… Read more »