Press Releases

August 5, 2013

FAMM Hails ALEC Endorsement of Sentencing Reform; Says Sentencing Valve Proposal Improves Public Safety, Save Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today praised the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization comprising conservative state lawmakers from around the country, for approving model legislation to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The model bill, known as Justice Safety Valve Act, would authorize judges to depart from a minimum sentence in certain… Read more »


August 1, 2013

New Bill Shows Growing Bipartisan Support for Sentencing Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM government affairs counsel Molly M. Gill today said that a new sentencing reform bill introduced in the U.S. Senate demonstrates growing bipartisan support for fixing federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The bill, S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act, is sponsored by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Senate Judiciary Committee… Read more »


July 31, 2013

Same Level of Safety for a Half-Billion Less; FAMM President Reacts to New Crack Guideline Retroactivity Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart released the following statement today in reaction to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s latest Preliminary Crack Retroactivity Data report:  Consider for a moment how proud members of Congress would be if they used the best available evidence and data to reform a federal program in a way that maintained all… Read more »



July 23, 2013

Prison Fellowship Founder Honored With Task Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee has approved the FY 2014 spending bill that funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice. An exciting part of the funding bill would provide $1 million for the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a 9-member panel that would review the federal prison system’s… Read more »


July 19, 2013

FAMM: Marissa Alexander Case Shows Need to Reform 10-20-Life Law

GAINESVILLE, FL. — FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) Florida Project Director Greg Newburn today called on Florida lawmakers to prohibit the application of the state’s “10-20-Life” mandatory minimum gun sentence law in self-defense cases.  “A lot of attention has been paid to Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and far too little to the state’s extreme,… Read more »


July 17, 2013

Appropriations Pushes BOP on Compassionate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM Vice President and General Counsel Mary Price today saluted the House Appropriations Committee for including language in its fiscal year (FY) 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations report that urges the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to make better use of its authority to grant compassionate release to more federal prisoners. FAMM has… Read more »