Press Releases

October 22, 2014

FAMM issues final report on Massachusetts candidates’ positions on mandatory minimum drug sentences

86% of respondents favor repeal or reform  BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has issued an updated report about candidates’ positions on Massachusetts’ drug sentencing laws. This version, prepared to educate voters ahead of the general election, details how the final slate of candidates for five major state races view mandatory minimum sentencing laws… Read more »

October 9, 2014

New Poll Finds 77% of Americans Support Eliminating Mandatory Minimums for Non-Violent Offenses

A new Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey finds that 77 percent of Americans support eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses. That number is up from 71 percent in December 2013, the last time Reason-Rupe polled on the question. You can find the full survey results here (PDF); mandatory minimums are question 17.  “Almost three decades have… Read more »

October 1, 2014

AG Eric Holder: No More Super Mandatory Minimums to Punish Defendants Who Want a Trial

Attorney General Eric Holder has issued a memo prohibiting prosecutors from using the threat of enhanced mandatory minimum sentences solely to force criminal defendants to plead guilty in drug trafficking cases. These super-sized mandatory minimums, called “section 851 enhancements,” allow prosecutors to ensure a defendant’s mandatory minimum sentence is doubled or even increased to life in… Read more »

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, 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 »