Press Releases

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 »

June 24, 2015

Great news! Nearly 10,000 Federal Prisoners Have Received Sentence Reductions Under All Drugs Minus Two

Media contact: Mike Riggs, More than 12,000 federal prisoners have applied for re-sentencing under All Drugs Minus Two, and nearly 10,000 have been granted shorter sentences, according to data released today by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. These shorter sentences are the result of All Drugs Minus Two (formally known as Amendment 782),  which lowered the… Read more »

June 17, 2015

More than 100 Former Federal Prosecutors, Judges, and Other Former Law Enforcement Officials Call for Federal Sentencing Reform

In a letter sent Tuesday to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate judiciary committees, 130 former federal prosecutors, federal judges, state attorneys general, and other former high-ranking law enforcement officials from across the country called on members of Congress to pass federal sentencing reform. “Individuals most likely to receive a [federal] mandatory… Read more »

June 9, 2015

FAMM Testifies Before Mass. Judiciary Committee on Need to Repeal Harsh Drug Sentencing Laws

Mandatory minimums prevent addicts from getting treatment; public safety and state budget better protected when sentences fit the crime MEDIA Contact: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878,, or Mike Riggs, (202) 822-6700, BOSTON – Today Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) will testify before the legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee in support of bills to repeal harsh “one… Read more »

June 4, 2015

Elderly Prisoner Release Program Would Expand Under New Second Chance Reauthorization Act

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, 202-822-6706, Families Against Mandatory Minimums is excited to announce that the newly reintroduced Second Chance Reauthorization Act will include expanded provisions for the release of elderly federal prisoners. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act, introduced today by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Patrick Leahy… Read more »