Sentencing News

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March 19, 2018

FAMM Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Plan

Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.822.6700 FAMM Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Plan WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement about reports that President Trump will today announce plans to seek the death penalty in cases in which people have died from a drug overdose. His plan also reportedly calls for reducing the quantity of drugs… Read more »

March 16, 2018

USSC 2017-2018 Amendment Cycle

2018: Sentencing Commission Hearing on First Offenders, Alternatives to Incarceration, Synthetic Drugs and Fentanyl The U.S. Sentencing Commission held a hearing on March 14, 2018, to take testimony on a number of proposed amendments, including drug penalties, reductions for first offenders, and alternatives to incarceration. Policy advocates, defense lawyers, and prosecutors appeared on three panels… Read more »

March 13, 2018

FAMM to Testify Before U.S. Sentencing Commission on Synthetic Drugs

Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.822.6700   WASHINGTON – FAMM’s General Counsel Mary Price will testify before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The public hearing will focus on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines related to synthetic drugs and first offenders/alternatives to incarceration. FAMM submitted comments in writing to… Read more »

March 12, 2018

FAMM Commends Idaho House of Representatives for Passing Meaningful Safety Valve Legislation

Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.822.6700   FAMM Commends Idaho House of Representatives for Passing Meaningful Safety Valve Legislation  BOISE, IDAHO – Today, the Idaho House of Representatives passed HB 581, 46 to 20. The bill, introduced by Reps. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) and Christy Perry (R-Nampa), would create a “safety valve” mechanism that would allow Idaho courts… Read more »

March 7, 2018

Compassionate Release: Congressional Oversight Needed to Prevent Prisoner Deaths

Contact: Rabiah Burks 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) General Counsel Mary Price commented on this morning’s article in the New York Times about the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) chronic failure to grant compassionate release to very sick and elderly prisoners who pose no risk to public safety. The article… Read more »

March 6, 2018

Lisa Andrews: Addiction, Abuse, and Now Prison

A very troubled life of addiction and abuse landed Lisa Andrews in prison for 12 years. It’s clear that she needed intervention and help—but is more than a decade in prison the answer? For years before the police came to Lisa Andrews’ home one day in 2011, she had been wrestling drug addiction—and losing. That… Read more »

March 5, 2018

Amber Carlson: Being a Mule Got Her 10 Years

Deep in addiction and mental illness and trying to scrape together enough money for gifts for her kids one Christmas Eve, Amber Carlson agreed to transport methamphetamine for a drug dealer. She had no prior felony convictions, but she got a 10-year sentence. By most reports, Amber Carlson is a loving, wonderful mother and sister… Read more »