Press Releases

September 20, 2016

FAMM VP Comments on Demise of Criminal Justice Reform Bill in Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés,, 202.621.5066 WASHINGTON, DC – In response to media reports that leaders of both houses of Congress are conceding that no further action is expected on bipartisan sentencing reform legislation this year, FAMM Vice President Kevin Ring made the following statement: “Despite the ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ effort to make the bill appear alive,… Read more »

August 30, 2016

FAMM Lifer Commuted by President Obama Today

Today, President Obama commuted the prison terms of 111 prisoners. Among their number are 35 who had been sentenced to life in prison for their drug crimes. Tim Tyler was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence in federal prison for selling LSD while traveling around the country following the Grateful Dead. He was 25 years old… Read more »

July 29, 2016

Small Fish Getting Caught in “Career Offender” Dragnet, New Report Finds

Contact: Leila McDowelllmcdowell@famm.org202.822.6700 FAMM Says New Sentencing Commission Report Bolsters Case for Reform WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM today welcomed the release of a new U.S. Sentencing Commission report, which recommends that Congress act to ensure that non-violent drug offenders are no longer  sentenced as career offenders under the federal sentencing guidelines. Drug offenders with prior non-violent drug… Read more »

July 18, 2016

JustiFACT: FAMM’s New Fact Checking Initiative

Contact: Leila McDowell 202.822.6700 NEW FACT CHECKING INITIATIVE WILL MONITOR ‘LAW AND ORDER’ STATEMENTS AT BOTH THE RNC AND DNC CONVENTIONS The nation’s leading sentencing reform organization, FAMM, today is launching JustiFACT, a fact checking initiative to monitor and assess the statements of public policymakers and others at the upcoming national party conventions. This initiative begins at a time… Read more »

July 5, 2016

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

Vote expected this week in Senate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leila McDowell;; 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;; 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 »