Press Releases

May 1, 2013

Mismanagement of BOP Compassionate Release Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Inspector General Report Details Dramatic Mismanagement in Federal Prison Compassionate Release Program; Findings Confirm Human Rights Watch-FAMM Criticisms of BOP Program. After conducting a comprehensive review of the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program, the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded that the BOP “does not properly manage”… Read more »


April 26, 2013

Prove It: FAMM President Reacts to Anti-Drug Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the Obama administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a new plan to combat illegal drug use in America. The ONDCP described its proposal as a “science-driven plan” based on “evidence-based reforms that treat our Nation’s drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice… Read more »


April 24, 2013

Injustice Ends Here!

I have great news to share with you. Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, H.R. 1695, in the U.S. House of Representatives. In March, U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an identical version of the Justice Safety Valve Act,… Read more »


April 10, 2013

FAMM Commends Sen. Paul for Urging Repeal of Mandatory Minimums Laws

WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM President Julie Stewart commended U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) after he called for eliminating federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Senator Paul’s comments came during a speech he made to students at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, DC. Last month, Senator Paul and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the… Read more »


April 9, 2013

FAMM, Celebrities Ask Obama to Reform Sentencing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 100 celebrities, faith and business leaders, lawmakers, athletes and civil rights advocates signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to improve national criminal justice policies by focusing more on intervention and rehabilitation. The coalition, brought together by hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and Dr. Boyce Watkins, offers the president… Read more »


March 21, 2013

FAMM Urges Passage of Safety Valve Bill; Stewart Testifies Before Congress, Urges Passage of the Justice Safety Bill Act of 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Testifying this morning before the U.S. House subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Prisons (BOP), FAMM President Julie Stewart urged Congress to enact a broad sentencing “safety valve” in order to cut wasteful spending and reduce prison overcrowding. Yesterday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT)… Read more »


March 20, 2013

FAMM Welcomes Bipartisan Sentencing “Safety Valve” in Congress, Releases New Report on How Safety Valves Help States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today hailed the introduction of The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 (S. 619), a bipartisan federal bill that would save taxpayer dollars by reserving scarce federal prison beds for the most dangerous offenders. The bill creates a “safety valve” that allows federal courts to impose sentences below… Read more »