Sentencing News

FAMM has resources and contacts to assist the media with reporting on mandatory minimum sentences and their effects on the country. Media inquiries should be directed to


October 4, 2016

How Should Originalist Legislators Think About Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws?

Imagine you are a state legislator – or perhaps you don’t need to imagine! – who believes the following: The U.S. Constitution should be interpreted according to the original meaning of the text; Legislation that violates the U.S. Constitution so interpreted is unconstitutional; and   The legislature shouldn’t approve any unconstitutional legislation. How should a… Read more »

September 23, 2016

Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton used drugs and had “bad thinking,” in her words, and she was caught up in a drug conspiracy that netted her a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. The judge in her trial did not want to sentence her as he was compelled to. “Just so the record is clear, if the – if… Read more »

September 21, 2016

Communications Director

FAMM, the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a dynamic, creative, organized, hard-working communications professional to join the FAMM team and lead our communications department.   We are seeking a team player with the following qualifications: 3-5 years working in communications, journalism, marketing and/ or other related field; Experience implementing communications strategies, including traditional and social… Read more »

August 17, 2016

How Free is Florida?

The 2016 edition of “Freedom in the 50 States” was released this week, this time by my former employer, The Cato Institute. For those unfamiliar, the Freedom report ranks all 50 states “based on how their policies promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms.” Freedom was authored by William Ruger of the Charles Koch Institute,… Read more »

August 15, 2016

Mandatory Minimums Have Eviscerated the Right to a Trial by Jury

Last year, during committee debate on a (very good) bill by Senator Rob Bradley, Florida Senate President-Designate Joe Negron gave an eloquent defense of the constitutional right to a trial by jury and the importance of forcing the state to meet its burden of proof in criminal cases. He said: If the State of Florida… Read more »