Press Releases

May 7, 2014

FAMM Announces Fit the Crime Project: Effort Encourages Reform of Economic Crime Sentencing

WASHINGTON – In an effort to highlight the need to rebalance criminal sentencing for economic crimes such as fraud, insider trading and other white collar offenses, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today launched the Fit the Crime Project. This project will raise awareness about the dramatic shortcomings of the current sentencing guidelines for economic crimes that… Read more »

May 6, 2014

Reducing Sentences of Federal Drug Offenders Could Save Billions, Says U.S. Sentencing Commission Report

Making “All Drugs Minus Two” Retroactive Could Save More Than $2.4 Billion MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, (202) 822-6706, mriggs@famm.orgFAMM MEMBER CONTACT: Andrea Strong, (202) 822-6700, (Click here to tell the U.S. Sentencing Commission to make All Drugs Minus Two retroactive.)  Proposed changes to the federal drug sentencing guidelines would likely save billions if made… Read more »

April 23, 2014

Clemency Project 2014 Praises Justice Department for Breathing New Life Into Clemency Process

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, (202) 822-6706, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today a new set of criteria the Justice Department and White House will use when considering clemency petitions from federal prisoners. The new criteria will help the Justice Department identify federal prisoners who, if sentenced today under current sentencing… Read more »

April 11, 2014

Florida Legislature Reforms Prescription Drug Trafficking Sentences

By a vote of 113-2, the Florida House passed a bill today aimed at reducing the number of people subjected to mandatory minimums for prescription drug offenses. The House vote follows the Florida Senate’s passage of SB 360 in late March. “This common sense bill is a step forward in addressing the demand side of… Read more »

April 10, 2014

U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes to Lower Federal Drug Sentences

FAMM applauds Sentencing Commission for modifying federal drug sentence guidelines CONTACT: Mike Riggsmriggs@famm.org202-822-6706 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The seven-member U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously today to amend federal drug sentencing guidelines. The change will reduce federal drug sentences by an average of 11 months. “We commend the Sentencing Commission for taking this important step toward reforming… Read more »

April 3, 2014

Florida Senate Passes the Threatened Use of Force Act

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Today, the Florida Senate joined the House in passing the The Threatened Use of Force Act, a bill that provides a legal defense for Floridians who threaten to use force—such as warning shots—in situations where deadly force is already protected by law.  “The Senate should be commended for addressing this glaring omission… Read more »

March 20, 2014

FAMM Applauds Florida House Passage of Threatened Use of Force Act

Contact: Greg Newburn, Florida director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Threatened Use of Force Act passed the Florida House early Thursday evening. HB 89 provides legal protection for persons who threaten to use force—such as by firing warning shots—in situations in which deadly force is already protected by Florida law.  “HB 89 addresses a glaring hole in… Read more »