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August 4, 2017

USSC 2017-2018 Amendment Cycle

FAMM has weighed in with the U.S. Sentencing Commission as it begins the work of considering amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. We had a lot to say. First, we told the Commission that while we support their focus on simplifying the guidelines, we worry that they will use that effort to ask Congress to… Read more »


August 4, 2017

FAMM Applauds Senators on Efforts to Expand Use of Compassionate Release Program

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Applauds Senators on Efforts to Expand Use of Compassionate Release Program   WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM praises 12 U.S. senators for writing a letter to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) requesting an update on its efforts to expand its use of the compassionate release program: Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT),… Read more »


August 3, 2017

Terrance Davis

  Because of the Drug-Free School Zone Act in Tennessee, this low-level drug offender is serving a decade longer than he would have without that enhancement. A distance of 101 feet. For Terrance Davis, that length was the difference between 12 years in prison—with the possibility of parole after serving four years—and the sentence he… Read more »


August 2, 2017

Eric Patrick Wright Didn’t Get Justice—and He’s Not Alone

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Eric Patrick Wright Didn’t Get Justice—and He’s Not Alone   WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) President Kevin Ring responded to a Florida appeals court’s decision yesterday to uphold Eric Patrick Wright’s 20-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. Wright fired a gun at the ground when an ex-girlfriend barged into his… Read more »


July 27, 2017

FAMM Applauds Senate Committee Action on Compassionate Release

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Applauds Senate Committee Action on Compassionate Release WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring today applauded the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for providing long overdue oversight of the federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program. In its report accompanying the FY2018 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill, the Committee addressed concerns that… Read more »


July 25, 2017

FAMM Testimony Urges Baltimore to Remove Mandatory Minimum Sentence from Handgun Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2017 Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Testimony Urges Baltimore to Remove Mandatory Minimum Sentence from Handgun Bill   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring submitted testimony today to the Baltimore City Council Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee in which he expressed opposition to the proposed one-year mandatory minimum jail sentence for illegal… Read more »


July 25, 2017

Joint Statement: Baltimore City Council Should Reject Mandatory Minimum Sentence

  Joint Statement: Baltimore City Council Should Reject Mandatory Minimum Sentence WASHINGTON – Today, the following criminal justice and civil rights organizations issued this joint statement in response to Baltimore City’s proposed handgun safety law, which will be debated before the City Council on Tuesday, July 25, and contains a mandatory minimum sentence of one… Read more »