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


July 19, 2017

The Three Fallacies Used to Defend Florida’s Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws

Mandatory minimum drug laws don’t work. Everyone who’s studied the issue understands this undeniable truth. And yet, mandatory minimums remain stubbornly popular among many legislators. Criminologist Michael Tonry was right when he wrote that, “The greatest gap between knowledge and policy in American sentencing concerns mandatory penalties.” Mandatory minimum drug laws remain popular among legislators… Read more »

July 11, 2017

FAMM Statement on USSC 2017 Report on Mandatory Minimum Sentences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2017 Contact: Rabiah Burks 202-822-6700   FAMM Statement on USSC 2017 Report  on Mandatory Minimum Sentences   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after reviewing the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s “2017 Overview of Mandatory Minimum Penalties in the Federal Criminal Justice System”: Having new data is always… Read more »

July 11, 2017

Shon Hopwood Joins FAMM Board of Directors

Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.822.6700 Shon Hopwood Joins FAMM Board of Directors WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Shon Hopwood, associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center, will join the organization’s board of directors. Hopwood is best known for his remarkable personal transformation; he spent more than a decade in federal prison… Read more »

July 10, 2017

My Story: Kaylee G.

For most of Kaylee’s childhood, her father was incarcerated. She was one of the astounding 2.7 million children in the United States growing up with a parent in prison. Now she is an adult with a child of her own, and she is a passionate advocate for reform. Her father will remain behind bars for… Read more »

June 29, 2017

Success Story: Eric Wilson

  “I want to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. One bad decision does not have to define you; you can change if in your heart you want to change.” -Eric Wilson UPDATE: Eric Wilson’s sentence was commuted by President Obama in 2016. He will be released in 2026… Read more »

June 26, 2017

USSC 2016-2017 Amendment Cycle

On June 9, 2016, the Sentencing Commission published a notice of proposed priorities for 2017, which can be read here, and invited public comment. FAMM responded to the notice with a letter expressing our assessment of the proposals. You can find other comments on the proposals here. The Sentencing Commission announced its adopted or final… Read more »

June 26, 2017

USSC 2015-2016 Amendment Cycle

Compassionate Release. One of the Sentencing Commission’s areas of work in 2016 involved improving the guidance for judges considering compassionate release requests.  On February 17,  2016, the Sentencing Commission held a hearing about the subject and FAMM was invited to testify. You can read the FAMM statement here, read a transcript of the entire hearing… Read more »