Press Releases

July 27, 2015

FAMM Releases Response to NAAUSA Anti-Reform Propaganda

July 27, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today released “The Dangerous Myths of NAAUSA: A Response to the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys’ Paper Titled “The Dangerous Myths of Drug Sentencing ‘Reform.’” The release of the white paper was timed to coincide with a briefing representatives of NAAUSA are… Read more »

July 22, 2015

FAMM Applauds Young Offender Sentencing Provisions in RAISE Act

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) applauded today’s introduction of the Reforming Alternatives to Incarceration and Sentencing to Establish a Better Path for Youth Offenders (RAISE Act of 2015) in the U.S. House of Representatives by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Ranking… Read more »

July 22, 2015

What The Daily Caller Gets Wrong About All Drugs Minus Two

Mike Riggs, here. In January 2010, I helped launch The Daily Caller, a conservative news website founded by Tucker Carlson, and stayed on staff through 2012. While I was there, and in the time I’ve been at FAMM, the Caller has run many smart, tough, and fair stories about criminal justice reform. Today’s piece by Kerry… Read more »

July 16, 2015

Speaker John Boehner “Absolutely” Supports the SAFE Justice Act

In a press conference today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters that he “absolutely” supports the SAFE Justice Act–which was introduced earlier this month by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) and Bobby Scott (D), and 18 other bipartisan co-sponsors–and would like to see it come to the House floor. You can watch Speaker Boehner’s remarks… Read more »

July 13, 2015

These 46 Men and Women Received Commutations Today From President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to 46 individuals.   Jerry Allen Bailey – Charlotte, NC Offense: Conspiracy to violate narcotics laws (crack) (Western District of North Carolina) Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Apr. 2, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on November 10, 2015…. Read more »

June 29, 2015

Connecticut Joins Mandatory Minimum Reform Parade

Modest reform will save expensive prison space for more serious offenders MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, 202-822-6706, WASHINGTON, D.C.  — FAMM President Julie Stewart today welcomed Connecticut into the growing group of states that have voted to reform their ineffective mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The legislation, SB 952, eliminates mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug… Read more »

June 25, 2015

SAFE Justice Act Does More Than Tinker Around the Edges of Federal Sentencing Reform

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) hailed today’s introduction of the Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective Justice Reinvestment Act of 2015 (SAFE Justice Act) in the U.S. House of Representatives. “This bill does more than tinker around the edges,” said FAMM President Julie Stewart, who spoke at the press conference hosted by… Read more »