Press Releases

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 »


April 12, 2016

FAMM Praises Maryland Leaders for Eliminating Mandatory Minimums for Low-Level Drug Offenders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jessica Breslin, jbreslin@famm.org, 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON — Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Vice President Kevin Ring congratulated state lawmakers in Maryland today for passing legislation to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. The legislation also permits those sentenced to drug mandatory minimums in the past to go back to court and… Read more »


March 30, 2016

FAMM Prisoners Receive Clemency From President Obama

MEDIA CONTACT:Leila McDowell, lmcdowell@famm.org, 202-822-6700Jessica Breslin, jbreslin@famm.org, 202-822-6700 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC – Several prisoners whose cases were championed by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) were granted clemency in President Obama’s first clemency grants since December 2015. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 prisoners today, bringing his total number of commutation grants to… Read more »


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 »