Press Releases

March 30, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: FAMM Members Commuted Today by POTUS

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is the nation’s preeminent organization advocating for sentencing reform and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since 2000, FAMM has been advocating for the greater use of clemency. Over 300 prisoners have received presidential commutations since that time.  Four of today’s commutees are FAMM members: Ismael Rosa, Jesse Webster, Kenneth Harvey, and… Read more »

March 29, 2016

New FAMM-ALEC Report Highlights Benefits of Sentencing Reform

Contact: Leila McDowell,, 202.822.6700 Washington, DC — A new report by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) argues sentencing discretion for nonviolent and drug offenses can ease prison overcrowding, save tax dollars, and protect public safety. The new report, Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform Saves States Money and Reduces… Read more »

March 23, 2016

FAMM Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Justice

MEDIA CONTACT: Leila McDowell, Communications; 202-822-6700  Dozens of former prisoners, presidential commutation recipients, and affected family members descend on Washington to celebrate 25th anniversary of historic sentencing reform organization.  WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s leading sentencing reform organization, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 24 in Washington, D.C. Former… Read more »

February 24, 2016

FAMM Celebrates Historic 10-20-Life Reform

MEDIA CONTACT:Greg Newburn, FAMM State Policy Director:; 352.682.2542 TALLAHASSEE – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded Florida Governor Rick Scott for signing CS/SB 228, which repeals the mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated assault with a firearm. The bill was sponsored by Representatives Neil Combee (R, Polk) and Katie Edwards (D, Plantation) in the… Read more »

February 17, 2016

FAMM’s Mary Price Calls Compassionate Release “Conspicuous for Its Absence”

MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Breslin, 202-822-6700, WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM general counsel Mary Price will testify before the United States Sentencing Commission today to bring attention to the problems prisoners face when trying to secure an early release due to extraordinary and compelling circumstances, such as imminent death or serious incapacitation. Despite the growing number… Read more »

February 16, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: FAMM Sentencing Expert to Testify About Compassionate Release before the U.S. Sentencing Commission

Jessica Breslin, FAMM202-822-6700  While Congress continues to consider legislation to reduce excessive mandatory minimum sentences while protecting public safety, the U.S. Sentencing Commission is considering ideas on how to expand an early release program for prisoners who present the lowest risk of reoffending. On Wednesday, February 17th from 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the… Read more »

January 27, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Why is Congress Afraid of Demaryius Thomas’s Mom?

Jessica Breslin, Why is Congress Afraid of Demaryius Thomas’s Mom? Last week, Katina Smith finally got to see her son, Denver Broncos’ star receiver Demaryius Thomas, play football in person. In federal prison since 2000 for drug trafficking, Ms. Smith was able to attend the game only because President Obama agreed to commute her… Read more »