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November 16, 2017

FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package   BOSTON –  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a major criminal justice reform package (S.2200), which impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM is pleased that the House voted to repeal several low-level drug mandatory… Read more »


November 16, 2017

Sara Moore: “A Great Little Kid”

  Sara was so far into her drug addiction that nothing mattered. Not friends, family, or work. She sold drugs out of her apartment and was arrested, and because she lived in a school zone, her sentence was much greater than it would have been otherwise. She knew she was in a school zone, she… Read more »


November 7, 2017

FAMM Praises Introduction of the SAFE Justice Act of 2017

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Praises Introduction of the SAFE Justice Act of 2017 WASHINGTON – FAMM today commended U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jason Lewis (R-MN) for the introduction of the Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective (SAFE) Justice Act of 2017. The broad bill limits the application of federal mandatory minimum sentences to the… Read more »


November 2, 2017

Halfway House Closures: Update

 **We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more about the halfway house closures and what is being done to remedy this re-entry crisis.** Some federal prisoners and their families have reached out to us over the past couple of months to let us know how changes in halfway houses were affecting them. For example,… Read more »


October 30, 2017

Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Seeks Answers on Federal Halfway House Closures

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Seeks Answers on Federal Halfway House Closures   WASHINGTON – Today FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) praised a bipartisan group of U.S. senators for asking the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to explain its recent closures of more than a dozen halfway houses, which help federal prisoners… Read more »


October 30, 2017

FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts Senate Criminal Justice Reform Package

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts Senate Criminal Justice Reform Package Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate passed 27-10 on S.2185, a major criminal justice reform package that impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM was pleased to see the bill eliminate a number of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, as well… Read more »


October 12, 2017

FAMM Praises California for Passing “Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE)” Act

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Praises California for Passing “Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE)” Act Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today commended Gov. Jerry Brown for signing into law SB 180, the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE) Act. The bill repeals a three-year mandatory sentence enhancement for some repeat drug offenses. “We are thrilled to… Read more »