Press Releases

February 12, 2015

U.S. House and Senate Reintroduce an *Even Smarter* Smarter Sentencing Act

FAMM applauds bipartisan effort to curb BOP costs and over-crowding, restore fairness to federal sentencing. A new and improved version of the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 502/H.R. 920) was introduced today in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, with an even larger number of co-sponsors from both parties. The bipartisan Senate bill (S…. Read more »


February 4, 2015

Congressional Interest in Sentencing Reform is Bipartisan, Strong as Ever

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today praised the introduction of the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2015 in the U.S. Senate (S. 353) and the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 706). This is a bipartisan, bicameral federal bill that would help reduce high federal prison costs and populations. The bill, introduced in the… Read more »


January 16, 2015

Clemency Project 2014: A Historically Unprecedented and Wholly Independent Volunteer Effort By the Nation’s Bar

Clemency Project 2014 is a working group composed of lawyers and advocates including the Federal  Public and Community Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as individuals active within those organizations. Washington, DC (January 16, 2015) – An… Read more »


January 8, 2015

FAMM Brief Urges Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Protect Rights of Drug Lab Defendants Who Challenge Their Convictions

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara J. Dougan, FAMM’s Massachusetts Project Director, bdougan@famm.org BOSTON – Today, the Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in the case of Bridgeman v. District Attorney of Suffolk County. The case was brought by three people who pleaded guilty to drug charges, not knowing that former drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan was involved in testing the… Read more »


December 17, 2014

FAMM Praises Obama for Commuting Sentences of Barbara Scrivner, Others

Sentencing reform still needed Media Contact: Mike Riggs, Communications Director, mriggs@famm.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) commends President Obama for commuting (reducing) the federal prison sentences of eight people today, and for pardoning 12 others. Julie Stewart, president and founder of FAMM, issued the following statement in response to today’s commutations: “These… Read more »


November 24, 2014

Marissa Alexander Accepts Three-Year Plea Deal to Avoid 60-Year Mandatory Minimum

MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Newburn, gnewburn@famm.org GAINESVILLE, FLA – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is relieved to learn that Marissa Alexander has accepted a plea offer to serve three years in prison with credit for time served, plus two years of home confinement. This plea deal means Alexander will avoid the prospect of a 60-year mandatory… Read more »


November 18, 2014

FAMM Applauds Massachusetts Criminal Justice Commission’s Recommendation to Repeal Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Offenses

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878 BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) congratulates the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Commission for today’s vote to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. “Public support for one-size-fits-all drug sentences is at an all-time low,” said Barbara J. Dougan, FAMM’s Massachusetts project director. “The last 30 years have shown that mandatory… Read more »