Press Releases

January 27, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Why is Congress Afraid of Demaryius Thomas’s Mom?

Jessica Breslin, FAMM202-822-6700jbreslin@famm.org Why is Congress Afraid of Demaryius Thomas’s Mom? Last week, Katina Smith finally got to see her son, Denver Broncos’ star receiver Demaryius Thomas, play football in person. In federal prison since 2000 for drug trafficking, Ms. Smith was able to attend the game only because President Obama agreed to commute her… Read more »



January 7, 2016

FAMM Names Kevin Ring Vice President

WASHINGTON – FAMM President Julie Stewart today announced that Kevin Ring has been named vice president of the non-profit sentencing reform organization. Ring began working for FAMM in 2008 and most recently served as the group’s director of strategic initiatives. “Kevin is an invaluable member of FAMM’s team,” said Ms. Stewart. “His experience on Capitol… Read more »


January 4, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: FAMM Sentencing Expert Available to Speak About Cause of Oregon Militia Protest

MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Breslin Assistant Director of Communications, FAMM202-822-6700jbreslin@famm.org Armed protesters continue to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building near Burns, Oregon. Although much of the media’s attention has focused on the protester’s anti-government political views, including their criticism of federal land management, the protests were sparked by the imposition of federal mandatory minimum… Read more »


December 18, 2015

FAMM Statement on Unprecedented Number of Commutations From President Obama

Earlier today, President Obama commuted the sentences of 95 federal prisoners, bringing the total number of commutations granted by this administration to 184–more grants than the previous six presidents combined. The following FAMM members were among those granted commutations today: Sharanda Jones Sherman Chester Alton Mills Sandra Avery Charles Frederick Cundiff William Dekle Lalanda Price… Read more »


December 17, 2015

FAMM Welcomes Maryland Sentencing Reform Recommendations

Urges State Lawmakers to Embrace, Broaden Council’s Proposals FAMM Director of Strategic Initiatives Kevin Ring today praised the members of the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (JRCC) for including mandatory minimum prison sentencing law reforms in their final report to lawmakers. The JRCC, which includes representatives from Governor Larry Hogan’s office and the Maryland General… Read more »


December 3, 2015

New Poll Shows Broad Support for Repealing Massachusetts Drug Mandatory Minimums

FAMM says it’s time for legislature to act MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878, bdougan@famm.org BOSTON – By a nearly three-to-one margin, Massachusetts’s voters support repealing mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenders, according to a new poll released today by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). The poll, conducted by Suffolk University’s Political Research Center,… Read more »