Press Releases

September 15, 2014

Smarter Sentencing Act Would Save $4 Billion, Says Congressional Budget Office

Washington, D.C. – Congress’s passage of the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410) would reduce prison costs by $4 billion over a 10-year period, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), would reduce the… Read more »


September 2, 2014

New report from FAMM: Massachusetts candidates’ positions on mandatory minimum drug sentences

Over 90% of respondents favor repeal or reform   Media contact: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878 or Mike Riggs, (202) 621-6706 BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is excited to release a collection of surveys detailing how 24 candidates for four offices view mandatory minimum drug laws in Massachusetts. FAMM asked candidates from every major race—including governor,… Read more »


August 1, 2014

Here Is FAMM’s Priority Letter to the U.S. Sentencing Commission

Last month, we encouraged FAMM members to tell the U.S. Sentencing Commission what its priorities should be next session.The Commission has published its own set of proposed priorities, which you can see here.   While the public comment period is now over, we thought we’d share with you what FAMM asked the Sentencing Commission to do…. Read more »


August 1, 2014

FAMM Applauds Attorney General Eric Holder for Challenging Necessity of Mandatory Minimums 

In speech to NACDL, Holder says arguments in favor of mandatory minimums are “inconsistent with the facts and with history” MEDIA CONTACTMike Riggs, mriggs@famm.org(202) 822-6706 WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a historic speech delivered today at the annual meeting of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed the long-held idea… Read more »


July 28, 2014

Clemency Project 2014 (TM) Receives More than 20,000 Prisoner Surveys

MEDIA CONTACT: media@clemencyproject2014.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clemency Project 2014 is excited to announce that more than 20,000 federal prisoners have returned surveys seeking pro bono representation in the clemency process. Over the course of the next 30 days, the Project will begin to forward survey responses to trained lawyers who will help the Project assess whether… Read more »


July 24, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan Makes Mandatory Minimum Reform Part of His Anti-Poverty Plan

MEDIA CONTACT:Mike Riggsmriggs@famm.org202-822-6706 Washington, D.C. – Rep. Paul Ryan released an anti-poverty plan this morning, titled “Expanding Opportunity in America.” Chapter four of Ryan’s plan contains a multi-pronged proposal for criminal justice reform. Prong one: Reforming mandatory minimum sentences.   “Under current law,” Ryan writes, “a single gram of crack cocaine could be all that… Read more »


July 18, 2014

BREAKING: Sentencing Commission Grants Full Retroactivity for Amendment 3

Sentencing Commission Grants Full Retroactivity Will allow 46,290 people to petition for reduced sentences  MEDIA CONTACTMike Riggs, FAMM Communications DirectorO: (202) 822-6706C: (407) 962-7043  Washington, D.C. – The United States Sentencing Commission cast a historic vote today to allow 46,290 federal drug prisoners to petition for sentence reductions. This is the largest number of federal drug… Read more »