Making Prisons Full Again?

Post Date: November 10, 2016

Elections have consequences, and Tuesday night’s election could dramatically harm our chances of achieving federal sentencing reform.

Let me explain why I say that—and why FAMM needs your help now more than ever to maintain the progress we’ve made.

First, President-elect Donald Trump said that in his first 100 days of office he wants to pass massive new federal mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, which will require the government to spend billions on new prisons.

Second, he opposed recent successful sentencing reforms, such as the “drugs-minus-two” guideline reductions that FAMM helped win in 2014. Those reductions gave more than 29,000 prisoners fairer sentences and saved American taxpayers $2 billion—but Trump described the nonviolent offenders who benefited as “dangerous drug-trafficking felons and gang members who prey on civilians.” He said that “every single one of them will be back selling drugs.”

Finally, Trump is reportedly considering nominating for U.S. Attorney General individuals who oppose even modest sentencing reform. That may explain why private prison stock prices soared yesterday. 

FAMM does not support or oppose any political candidates, and that applies to Trump. But we do oppose bad ideas. Proposing new mandatory minimums, opposing modest reform to the federal sentencing guidelines, and opposing bipartisan legislative reform are bad ideas.

We need to fight these bad ideas—and we need your help to wage this fight. Please donate to FAMM today.


Kevin Ring
Vice President

P.S. Remember: Every donation received between now and December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by another generous FAMM contributor. So, please make your donation today!

5 Responses to “Making Prisons Full Again?”

  1. marie

    This is what someone said Donald Trump said
    Restoring Community Safety Act

    Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a task force on violent crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

    Because I generally think that mandatory minimum sentencing provisions often do more harm than good, I am troubled to see emphasis on such provisions in the first passage I have quoted. At the same time because I generally think out federal criminal justice system should be much more focused on violent crime and much less focused on nonviolent crime, I am actually a bit encouraged to see an particular emphasis on violent crime in the articulation of priorities in the second passage.

    November 10, 2016
    Does this mean he will help?

  2. lynda

    I’m hoping trump will come around and see what the situation really is. He wants to be tougher on drugs…good, but people in camps and low level are not the king pins. Go after the drug king pins not the little guy trying to get by

  3. Robert black

    The camps are a joke . They should all be at home working and paying fines . The now fence so why have them . They save alot of money of they did

  4. Richard

    I would like to donate but not online. Can’t find anywhere on this website that gives an address. Why is that? Or am I overlooking it. Found you on Charity Navigaor not through a mail solicitation.


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