Press Releases

July 5, 2016

FAMM Condemns Expensive, Unhelpful “Kate’s Law” Bill

Vote expected this week in Senate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell; lmcdowell@famm.org; 202.822.6700 Today, FAMM urged Congress to reject Kate’s Law (S. 2193), a bill sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and up for a vote this week in the U.S. Senate. If passed, the bill would create a new, five-year mandatory minimum sentence for… Read more »


June 3, 2016

FAMM President Applauds Commutations, Decries Leaving Out Deserving Lifer

Statement from FAMM President Julie Stewart on 42 Obama commutations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Leila McDowell; lmdowell@famm.org; 202-822-6700 Last month, President Obama granted commutations to 58 prisoners. Today, he granted 42 people commutations. Hopefully, this pattern will continue and the President will grant clemency to hundreds of deserving federal prisoners every month until he leaves… Read more »


May 12, 2016

FAMM Applauds Iowa Governor for Signing Sentencing Reform Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowelllmcdowell@famm.org202.822.6700 Nation’s Leading Sentencing Reform Group Applauds Governor Branstad for Signing Reform of Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences WASHINGTON— Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for signing a bill to reform the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws. HF 2064 allows certain low-level drug offenders to become parole… Read more »


April 28, 2016

FAMM Responds to Changes to Sentencing Reform Bills in Congress: Strengthen, Don’t Weaken, Sentencing Reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell, lmcdowell@famm.org, 202-822-6700 Today, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Mike Lee (R-UT) unveiled changes that will be made to the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) in an effort to win more votes and cosponsors for the proposal. FAMM President and… Read more »


April 28, 2016

FAMM Applauds Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for Signing Repeal of Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell, lmcdowell@famm.org, 202.822.6700 WASHINGTON— Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing a bill aimed at reducing Oklahoma’s prison population. HB 2479 repeals mandatory minimum sentences for first-and second drug possession offenses, and reduces the maximum sentences for those crimes. The bill was sponsored by… Read more »


April 27, 2016

FAMM Applauds Iowa Legislature for Passing Reform of Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell, lmcdowell@famm.org, 202.822.6700 WASHINGTON— Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded the Iowa legislature for passing a bill to reform the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws. HF 2064 allows certain low-level drug offenders to become parole eligible after serving half of the mandatory minimum sentence currently required by law…. Read more »


April 20, 2016

New Video Highlights Problems with Mandatory Minimum Laws

Leading Sentencing Reform Group Urges Congress to Be Bold FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Leila McDowell, lmcdowell@famm.org, 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today launched a new campaign calling for a rollback of federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws after releasing a video telling the story of Mandy Martinson, an Iowa woman serving 15 years… Read more »