Press Releases

April 20, 2016

New Video Highlights Problems with Mandatory Minimum Laws

Leading Sentencing Reform Group Urges Congress to Be Bold FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Leila McDowell,, 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today launched a new campaign calling for a rollback of federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws after releasing a video telling the story of Mandy Martinson, an Iowa woman serving 15 years… Read more »

April 12, 2016

FAMM Praises Maryland Leaders for Eliminating Mandatory Minimums for Low-Level Drug Offenders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jessica Breslin,, 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON — Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Vice President Kevin Ring congratulated state lawmakers in Maryland today for passing legislation to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. The legislation also permits those sentenced to drug mandatory minimums in the past to go back to court and… Read more »

March 30, 2016

FAMM Prisoners Receive Clemency From President Obama

MEDIA CONTACT:Leila McDowell,, 202-822-6700Jessica Breslin,, 202-822-6700 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC – Several prisoners whose cases were championed by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) were granted clemency in President Obama’s first clemency grants since December 2015. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 prisoners today, bringing his total number of commutation grants to… Read more »

March 30, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: FAMM Members Commuted Today by POTUS

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is the nation’s preeminent organization advocating for sentencing reform and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since 2000, FAMM has been advocating for the greater use of clemency. Over 300 prisoners have received presidential commutations since that time.  Four of today’s commutees are FAMM members: Ismael Rosa, Jesse Webster, Kenneth Harvey, and… Read more »

March 29, 2016

New FAMM-ALEC Report Highlights Benefits of Sentencing Reform

Contact: Leila McDowell,, 202.822.6700 Washington, DC — A new report by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) argues sentencing discretion for nonviolent and drug offenses can ease prison overcrowding, save tax dollars, and protect public safety. The new report, Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform Saves States Money and Reduces… Read more »

March 23, 2016

FAMM Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Justice

MEDIA CONTACT: Leila McDowell, Communications; 202-822-6700  Dozens of former prisoners, presidential commutation recipients, and affected family members descend on Washington to celebrate 25th anniversary of historic sentencing reform organization.  WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s leading sentencing reform organization, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 24 in Washington, D.C. Former… Read more »

March 1, 2016

FAMM Welcomes Leila McDowell as Director of Communications

Leila McDowell is named FAMM’s new communications director Media Contact: 202-822-6700, WASHINGTON – FAMM President Julie Stewart has named Leila McDowell the director of communications for Families Against Mandatory Minimums. McDowell joins FAMM from Arise TV where she was the network’s Washington bureau chief and senior D.C. correspondent. “We are thrilled to have Leila… Read more »