Sentencing News

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June 15, 2017

FAMM Praises Louisiana for Repeal of Mandatory Minimums

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.822.6700 FAMM Praises Louisiana for Repeal of Mandatory Minimums WASHINGTON– Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today commended Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards for signing into law SB 220, which repeals most of Louisiana’s mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws. The bill is a significant component of a larger criminal justice… Read more »

June 1, 2017

Using Time to Reduce Crime: FAMM Federal Prisoner Surveys

In August 2016, FAMM sent a series of six surveys to the more than 37,000 federal prisoners we were then in touch with via the Bureau of Prisons’ CORRLinks email system. We sent one survey each week for six weeks and received responses from more than 2,000 prisoners. Our complete findings from the survey results… Read more »

May 31, 2017

Maine’s tough-on-crime talking governor to release inmates

Originally published 5/25/17 at the Washington Post Maine’s Republican governor, who once joked about using the guillotine to execute drug dealers, announced a plan this week to release an unknown number of “lower-risk” prisoners from the state’s correctional facilities. State prisoner advocates applauded Gov. Paul LePage’s idea, while some fellow Republicans questioned it. The governor… Read more »

May 31, 2017

How Trump’s Crime Crackdown Could Affect Defendants in NYC

Originally published 5/30/17 at On May 10, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo instructing federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,” essentially eliminating the current policy, which is based on a 2013 memo from previous Attorney General Eric Holder, whose so-called “Smart on Crime” approach was to use… Read more »