Press Releases

July 29, 2016

Small Fish Getting Caught in “Career Offender” Dragnet, New Report Finds

Contact: Leila McDowelllmcdowell@famm.org202.822.6700 FAMM Says New Sentencing Commission Report Bolsters Case for Reform WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM today welcomed the release of a new U.S. Sentencing Commission report, which recommends that Congress act to ensure that non-violent drug offenders are no longer  sentenced as career offenders under the federal sentencing guidelines. Drug offenders with prior non-violent drug… Read more »

July 18, 2016

JustiFACT: FAMM’s New Fact Checking Initiative

Contact: Leila McDowell 202.822.6700 NEW FACT CHECKING INITIATIVE WILL MONITOR ‘LAW AND ORDER’ STATEMENTS AT BOTH THE RNC AND DNC CONVENTIONS The nation’s leading sentencing reform organization, FAMM, today is launching JustiFACT, a fact checking initiative to monitor and assess the statements of public policymakers and others at the upcoming national party conventions. This initiative begins at a time… Read more »

July 5, 2016

FAMM Condemns Expensive, Unhelpful “Kate’s Law” Bill

Vote expected this week in Senate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell;; 202.822.6700 Today, FAMM urged Congress to reject Kate’s Law (S. 2193), a bill sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and up for a vote this week in the U.S. Senate. If passed, the bill would create a new, five-year mandatory minimum sentence for… Read more »

June 3, 2016

FAMM President Applauds Commutations, Decries Leaving Out Deserving Lifer

Statement from FAMM President Julie Stewart on 42 Obama commutations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Leila McDowell;; 202-822-6700 Last month, President Obama granted commutations to 58 prisoners. Today, he granted 42 people commutations. Hopefully, this pattern will continue and the President will grant clemency to hundreds of deserving federal prisoners every month until he leaves… Read more »

May 12, 2016

FAMM Applauds Iowa Governor for Signing Sentencing Reform Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowelllmcdowell@famm.org202.822.6700 Nation’s Leading Sentencing Reform Group Applauds Governor Branstad for Signing Reform of Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences WASHINGTON— Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for signing a bill to reform the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws. HF 2064 allows certain low-level drug offenders to become parole… Read more »

April 28, 2016

FAMM Responds to Changes to Sentencing Reform Bills in Congress: Strengthen, Don’t Weaken, Sentencing Reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell,, 202-822-6700 Today, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Mike Lee (R-UT) unveiled changes that will be made to the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) in an effort to win more votes and cosponsors for the proposal. FAMM President and… Read more »

April 28, 2016

FAMM Applauds Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for Signing Repeal of Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell,, 202.822.6700 WASHINGTON— Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing a bill aimed at reducing Oklahoma’s prison population. HB 2479 repeals mandatory minimum sentences for first-and second drug possession offenses, and reduces the maximum sentences for those crimes. The bill was sponsored by… Read more »