Press Releases

October 27, 2016

FAMM Applauds New Commutations, Blames ’86 Drug Law for Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés lprunes@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Applauds New Commutations, Blames ’86 Drug Law for Need             WASHINGTON, DC ­ – Earlier today, FAMM released a new video calling on Congress to repeal the federal mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws that were established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. Today marks the… Read more »


October 17, 2016

FAMM Urges Mass. Legislature to Adopt Sentencing Reform in Response to Supreme Court Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés lprunes@famm.org 202.822.6700   WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today urged the Massachusetts legislature to pass common sense sentencing reform in response to a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling last week that state law does not currently allow departures from mandatory minimum sentences. FAMM filed an amicus brief… Read more »


October 6, 2016

FAMM Applauds President on New Commutations, Urges Congress to Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kevin Ring kring@famm.org 202.822.6700 WASHINGTON, DC ­ – FAMM Vice President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to this afternoon’s announcement that President Barack Obama had commuted the sentences of 102 federal prisoners: “The president is doing the right thing. A hundred families—fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, husbands… Read more »


September 26, 2016

FAMM Urges House Members Not to Expand Mandatory Minimum Sentences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés lprunes@famm.org 202.621.5066   FAMM Urges House Members Not to Expand Mandatory Minimum Sentences WASHINGTON, DC ­ – FAMM today urged members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “no” on H.R. 3537, the Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2016. The bill, if passed, would add new synthetic drugs… Read more »


September 26, 2016

FAMM VP Comments on Release of 2015 FBI National Crime Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés lprunes@famm.org 202.621.5066   WASHINGTON, DC ­ – FAMM Vice President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2015, which revealed an increase in violent crime and a decrease in property crime: “There’s a lot we don’t know about these disturbing numbers, but… Read more »


September 20, 2016

FAMM VP Comments on Demise of Criminal Justice Reform Bill in Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés, lprunes@famm.org, 202.621.5066 WASHINGTON, DC – In response to media reports that leaders of both houses of Congress are conceding that no further action is expected on bipartisan sentencing reform legislation this year, FAMM Vice President Kevin Ring made the following statement: “Despite the ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ effort to make the bill appear alive,… Read more »


August 30, 2016

FAMM Lifer Commuted by President Obama Today

Today, President Obama commuted the prison terms of 111 prisoners. Among their number are 35 who had been sentenced to life in prison for their drug crimes. Tim Tyler was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence in federal prison for selling LSD while traveling around the country following the Grateful Dead. He was 25 years old… Read more »