Press Releases

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 »



July 2, 2013

FAMM Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Sentencing Reform in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart today saluted Oregonian legislative leaders for approving a bipartisan criminal justice bill that will improve public safety and save taxpayers $326 million over the next ten years. The state senate passed the measure yesterday. Governor John Kizhaber, who strongly supported sentencing and prison reform, is expected to sign… Read more »


July 2, 2013

FAMM Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Sentencing Reform in Oregon

On July 2, FAMM President Julie Stewart saluted Oregonian legislative leaders for approving a bipartisan criminal justice bill that will improve public safety and save taxpayers $326 million over the next ten years. The state senate passed the measure yesterday. Governor John Kizhaber, who strongly supported sentencing and prison reform, is expected to sign the… Read more »



June 17, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Alleyne v. United States: Only Jury Can Find Facts that Trigger Mandatory Minimums

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court shook up mandatory minimum sentencing, extending the protection of the Sixth Amendment’s right to trial by jury to all defendants facing enhanced mandatory minimum sentences.  In Alleyne v. United States, a 5-4 majority held that any fact that triggers any mandatory minimum sentence is an “element” of the… Read more »