Press Releases

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 »


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 lmcdowell@famm.org 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 »