Press Releases

September 26, 2013

FAMM Applauds New Trial Ruling for Marissa Alexander

GAINESVILLE, FLA. – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) Florida Project Director Greg Newburn today applauded a decision by Florida’s First District Court of Appeal granting Marissa Alexander a new trial on her conviction for aggravated assault. Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison under Florida’s “10-20-Life” gun sentencing law. The appeals court ruled that… Read more »

September 18, 2013

Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws, Witnesses Tell Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a packed public hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, a former federal prosecutor and the director of a conservative criminal justice reform group called on U.S. Senators to roll back federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. These witnesses told committee members that one-size-fits-all penalties do more harm than good, a message… Read more »

August 30, 2013

U.S. Sentencing Commission Update – Retroactivity Possible?

Good news on the sentencing guidelines front!  On August 15, the U.S. Sentencing Commission decided which guideline changes they want to focus on in 2014 and one of them is to reduce all drug sentences by two levels! As you might remember, each year the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which writes the federal Sentencing Guidelines, suggests… Read more »

August 16, 2013

USSC Agrees to Consider Reducing Drug Guidelines; Move is Latest Example of Policymakers Rethinking Punishment for Nonviolent Offenders

FAMM vice president and general counsel Mary Price hailed a decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to consider lowering the guidelines judges use to sentence drug dealers. At an August 15 meeting, the Commission agreed to consider the potential change among its priorities for the 2014 amendment cycle.   “We applaud the Commission’s decision,” Ms. Price… Read more »

August 14, 2013

American Correctional Association Endorses Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform

On August 13, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Correctional Association (ACA) passed a resolution supporting legislative reform of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The ACA is the world’s largest correctional association, with thousands of prison and jail wardens and correctional officers among its membership. The ACA is the latest voice in a… Read more »

August 12, 2013

A Historic Day for Sentencing Reform

Today was a historic day in our fight for smarter sentencing laws. For the first time in the 20+ years I have been at this, the U.S. Department of Justice has admitted our arguments are right and that eliminating some mandatory minimums will make us safer. (Oh, and it will save us billions of dollars,… Read more »

August 12, 2013

FAMM Applauds DOJ Call for Sentencing Reform, Changes in Prosecutorial Practices and Compassionate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM president Julie Stewart today welcomed the U.S. Justice Department’s proposals for reforming federal criminal sentencing laws and prosecutorial charging practices. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Department’s proposed reforms in a speech to the American Bar Association today in San Francisco.  “For the past 40 years, the Department of Justice, under… Read more »