Press Releases

February 28, 2018

GRACE Act Fixes Long-Standing Issues with Compassionate Release

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 GRACE Act Fixes Long-Standing Issues with Compassionate Release WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Granting Release and Compassion Effectively (GRACE) Act, a bill that would make the federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) process for reviewing the “compassionate release” requests of qualifying elderly and ill federal prisoners… Read more »


February 27, 2018

Missouri Sentencing Reform Clears First Hurdle

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Missouri Sentencing Reform Clears First Hurdle JEFFERSON CITY, MO – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill today lauded the Missouri House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee for unanimously approving a bill to reform the state’s sentencing laws. The bill, HB 1739, introduced by Rep. Cody Smith (R-163), would help… Read more »


February 27, 2018

National Groups to Tackle Drug Sentencing Reform in Arizona

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 National Groups to Tackle Drug Sentencing Reform in Arizona PHOENIX – As Arizona lawmakers seek solutions to the state’s growing prison costs, a panel of national sentencing experts will examine how drug sentencing reform could save taxpayer dollars and keep residents safe. How Drug Sentencing Reform Can Make Arizona Safer Thursday, March… Read more »


February 20, 2018

FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill PHOENIX – Last week, the Arizona House of Representatives voted down HB 2241, a bill that would create lengthy, ineffective mandatory minimums for fentanyl trafficking in Arizona. Shortly after the vote, Rep. Vince Leach changed his no vote and… Read more »


February 15, 2018

FAMM Praises Advancement of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill in U.S. Senate

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Praises Advancement of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill in U.S. Senate WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee met and voted on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA, S. 1917). The committee decided, by a vote of 16-5, to approve the bill. The bill was passed… Read more »


February 8, 2018

New Data Reveals BOP Still Neglecting Compassionate Release

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700   New Data Reveals BOP Still Neglecting Compassionate Release WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) President Kevin Ring today commented on the release of new data related to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program. Last August, 12 U.S. senators wrote to the BOP seeking information… Read more »


February 8, 2018

FAMM Condemns Arizona House’s Effort to Increase Mandatory Opioid Sentences 

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700   FAMM Condemns Arizona House’s Effort to Increase Mandatory Opioid Sentences    PHOENIX – Yesterday, FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) sent a letter to members of the Arizona House of Representatives urging them not to pass HB 2241, a bill that would create 10- and 15-year mandatory minimum sentences for people… Read more »