Press Releases

March 18, 2014

FAMM Welcomes Mike Riggs as Director of Communications

Contact:  202-822-6700  Families Against Mandatory Minimums is excited to welcome Mike Riggs as the foundation’s new director of communications. Mike joins FAMM from The Atlantic Cities, where he was a staff writer covering criminal justice policy. “We’re thrilled to add Mike to our team,” said FAMM President Julie Stewart. “He’s passionate about our work and… Read more »


March 13, 2014

FAMM Calls For End To Over-Incarceration Binge; Joins Attorney General in Supporting Reduce Drug Sentencing Guidelines

Contact:  202-822-6700  This morning, FAMM president, Julie Stewart, will testify at the U.S. Sentencing Commission in support of the Commission’s proposal to lower federal drug sentences by an average of 11 months.  Stewart points out that: FAMM strongly supports this amendment but it is a modest correction, not a major change in policy – people… Read more »


March 6, 2014

FAMM Hails Continued Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  202-822-6700  Today, FAMM applauds the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of the Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act (S. 1675). The bipartisan bill, a compromise negotiated by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX), is anticipated to help alleviate overcrowding in federal prisons – now at 138 percent of their… Read more »


January 30, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Sentencing Reform Overhaul

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the first major reconsideration of federal mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws since the Nixon Administration. The Committee voted, 13-5, in support of S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Richard Durbin (D-IL). The Smarter Sentencing Act: … Read more »


January 30, 2014

FAMM Cheers Justice Department Effort to Grant More Clemency

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General James Cole, in prepared remarks to the New York State Bar Association, asked lawyers and prison officials to assist federal prisoners serving lengthy sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses with requesting commutations (sentence reductions) from President Barack Obama. In particular, Cole emphasized the administration’s… Read more »


January 27, 2014

Update: Burrage Supreme Court Case Decided

It’s unanimous: U.S. Supreme Court overturns federal conviction and the 20-year mandatory minimum that went with it. Federal law calls for harsh mandatory minimum sentences for distributing drugs. These five- and ten-year sentences are imposed when a person is convicted of selling specific drug quantities. In some case, federal law requires courts to dramatically enhance… Read more »