Press Releases

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, mriggs@famm.org 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, mriggs@famm.org 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, mriggs@famm.org 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 »


February 4, 2015

Congressional Interest in Sentencing Reform is Bipartisan, Strong as Ever

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today praised the introduction of the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2015 in the U.S. Senate (S. 353) and the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 706). This is a bipartisan, bicameral federal bill that would help reduce high federal prison costs and populations. The bill, introduced in the… Read more »


January 16, 2015

Clemency Project 2014: A Historically Unprecedented and Wholly Independent Volunteer Effort By the Nation’s Bar

Clemency Project 2014 is a working group composed of lawyers and advocates including the Federal  Public and Community Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as individuals active within those organizations. Washington, DC (January 16, 2015) – An… Read more »


January 8, 2015

FAMM Brief Urges Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Protect Rights of Drug Lab Defendants Who Challenge Their Convictions

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara J. Dougan, FAMM’s Massachusetts Project Director, bdougan@famm.org BOSTON – Today, the Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in the case of Bridgeman v. District Attorney of Suffolk County. The case was brought by three people who pleaded guilty to drug charges, not knowing that former drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan was involved in testing the… Read more »