Press Releases

May 18, 2015

FAMM Applauds SJC for Protecting Drug Lab Defendants Who Challenge Their Convictions

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, BOSTON – Today, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that defendants whose cases were handled by convicted former drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan cannot face either more serious charges or longer sentences than prosecutors agreed to in the original plea agreement, if they challenge their convictions based on Dookhan’s… Read more »

May 7, 2015

FAMM Urges Florida Prosecutor to Use Discretion in Beach Sex Case

Mandatory 15-Year Prison Sentence Would Be More Outrageous Than Crime WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM President Julie Stewart this morning called on the state attorney’s office in the 12th district of Florida to use its discretion to prevent a 40-year-old man from receiving a 15-year mandatory minimum prison sentence . Jose Benjamin Caballero, was found guilty… Read more »

May 1, 2015

States Continue to Lead Way on Mandatory Minimum Reform

FAMM President Urges Congress to Follow Suit MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, 202-822-6706, WASHINGTON, D.C.  — FAMM President Julie Stewart called on Congress today to follow the lead of several states moving forward with commonsense reforms to their ineffective and costly mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Legislative proposals to reform mandatory sentencing laws have advanced most… Read more »

March 31, 2015

FAMM Member, Others, Receive Presidential Commutations

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, 202-822-6706, WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama granted clemency today to 22 federal prisoners, including a member of Families Against Mandatory Minimums.   “We are thrilled that President Obama is making good on his promise to use the powers granted him by the Constitution to provide relief for federal prisoners serving excessively long… Read more »

March 5, 2015

New Legislation Would Erase Crack-Powder Cocaine Disparity, Make FSA Retroactive, Reform Federal Gun Mandatory Minimums

FAMM’s Stewart applauds proposals Media contact: Mike Riggs, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), a long-time champion of mandatory minimum sentencing reform, introduced three much-needed sentencing reform bills on Wednesday, earning applause from FAMM President and Founder Julie Stewart.   “The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was an important first step in restoring sanity to our… Read more »

February 12, 2015

U.S. House and Senate Reintroduce an *Even Smarter* Smarter Sentencing Act

FAMM applauds bipartisan effort to curb BOP costs and over-crowding, restore fairness to federal sentencing. A new and improved version of the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 502/H.R. 920) was introduced today in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, with an even larger number of co-sponsors from both parties. The bipartisan Senate bill (S…. Read more »