Sentencing News

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February 22, 2017

Supporters say prison reform could answer Louisiana’s budget problems

Originally seen on Fox 29 BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Louisiana’s incarceration rate is one of the highest in the nation and Wednesday night, the Justice Reinvestment Task Force held a town hall asking community members to help come up with a plan to turn those numbers around. “We’re going to have to be smarter. We… Read more »

February 22, 2017

FAMM Testimony to Iowa House Judiciary Committee on HF 377

Testimony of Molly Gill Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Submitted to the Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee Considering HF 377 February 22, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today regarding HF 377, an important sentencing reform bill that would save money, increase fairness, and protect… Read more »

February 21, 2017

National Sentencing Reform Group, Iowa FAMM Member to Testify in Favor of Iowa Sentencing Reform Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés 202.621.5066 National Sentencing Reform Group, Iowa FAMM Member  to Testify in Favor of Iowa Sentencing Reform Bill Who: Molly Gill of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) in Washington, DC, and Phil Emmert, a longtime Iowa resident who served 14 years in federal prison for a nonviolent drug offense. What: Testifying before… Read more »

February 21, 2017

Policy Associate

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a self-starting, hard-working, and detail-oriented Policy Associate.  This new position will support our federal and state advocacy campaigns, among other ways, by performing legislative research, writing briefing papers, and monitoring sentencing reform developments. Strong writing skills and research experience are a must. An… Read more »

February 21, 2017

Proposed Bill Could Charge Heroin Dealers With Murder

Originally seen in KTVB. Some state lawmakers have made it clear this session that they want to combat the drug problem here in the Gem State. In hopes of doing that, Rep. John Gannon, a Democrat from Boise, has proposed a bill that could put heroin dealers behind bars for a minimum of 10 years…. Read more »

February 21, 2017

Communications Director

FAMM, the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a Communications Director. The ideal candidate should be a dynamic, creative, organized, hard-working communications professional with a track record of success. The Director will be joining our fast-paced and agile staff, leading the communications department.   This energetic team player should have the following qualifications: 10+ years… Read more »

February 16, 2017

Groups plan legislative push for justice reinvestment

Originally seen in The News Star Offenders need substantive programs to move forward from a criminal history. Elain Ellerbe, state director for Louisiana Right On Crime, said reform work on this front has been accomplished over the past several legislative sessions, and the creation of a Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force in 2015 is providing the… Read more »