Press Releases

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 »



November 5, 2014

FAMM Congratulates Baker and Healey, Looks Forward to Joint Efforts on Sentencing Reform

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) congratulates Massachusetts Governor-Elect Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Attorney General-Elect Maura Healey on their electoral victories. “We look forward to working in partnership with Governor Baker and Attorney General Healey, as well as the Massachusetts Legislature, to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders,” said Barbara J. Dougan, director of FAMM’s… Read more »


October 31, 2014

Clemency Project 2014 Well Underway and Reviewing Thousands of Federal Inmate Applications

MEDIA CONTACT: media@clemencyproject2014.org Washington, DC (Oct. 31, 2014) – Clemency Project 2014 is a working group composed of lawyers and advocates including the Federal 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. It launched… Read more »


October 22, 2014

FAMM issues final report on Massachusetts candidates’ positions on mandatory minimum drug sentences

86% of respondents favor repeal or reform  BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has issued an updated report about candidates’ positions on Massachusetts’ drug sentencing laws. This version, prepared to educate voters ahead of the general election, details how the final slate of candidates for five major state races view mandatory minimum sentencing laws… Read more »


October 9, 2014

New Poll Finds 77% of Americans Support Eliminating Mandatory Minimums for Non-Violent Offenses

A new Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey finds that 77 percent of Americans support eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses. That number is up from 71 percent in December 2013, the last time Reason-Rupe polled on the question. You can find the full survey results here (PDF); mandatory minimums are question 17.  “Almost three decades have… Read more »


October 1, 2014

AG Eric Holder: No More Super Mandatory Minimums to Punish Defendants Who Want a Trial

Attorney General Eric Holder has issued a memo prohibiting prosecutors from using the threat of enhanced mandatory minimum sentences solely to force criminal defendants to plead guilty in drug trafficking cases. These super-sized mandatory minimums, called “section 851 enhancements,” allow prosecutors to ensure a defendant’s mandatory minimum sentence is doubled or even increased to life in… Read more »