Sentencing News

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May 6, 2013

FAMM Urges Bipartisan Overcriminalization Group to Recommend Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today applauded the creation of an Overcriminalization Working Group by the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Overcriminalization Working Group was created by Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) and comprises five Republicans and five Democrats. The Working Group will address overcriminalization in… Read more »

May 1, 2013

Mismanagement of BOP Compassionate Release Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Inspector General Report Details Dramatic Mismanagement in Federal Prison Compassionate Release Program; Findings Confirm Human Rights Watch-FAMM Criticisms of BOP Program. After conducting a comprehensive review of the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program, the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded that the BOP “does not properly manage”… Read more »

May 1, 2013

Julie On Justice: Walk the Walk, Mr. President!

I like to think I’m an optimistic person. And most days I wake up confident and ready to go to battle because I know FAMM is on the right side and I see a path to victory. But I admit that sometimes I get discouraged. That’s when I wish I were Queen of the Land… Read more »

April 29, 2013

National Association of Evangelicals: Bipartisan Bill Would Ease Prison Overcrowding

Galen Carey, the vice president of Government Relations for the National Association of Evangelicals, wrote an op-ed on the need for sentencing reform in The Hill on April 29.  Writes Carey:  “Thirty years ago, the National Association of Evangelicals adopted a policy statement condemning America’s overcrowded and non-rehabilitative prisons.  We recognized the need to punish offenders… Read more »

April 25, 2013

New GA Safety Valve Continues Common Sense Trend

WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM President Julie Stewart praised Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia legislature, and the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians for their work in establishing a new sentencing safety valve that will prevent first-time and low-level drug offenders from receiving excessive mandatory minimum sentences. The safety valve was included in… Read more »

April 24, 2013

Stewart: New House Bill Should Be Priority for Attorney General

FAMM president Julie Stewart wrote a commentary for the Huffington Post on April 24 urging Attorney General Holder and Congress to throw their support behind the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013.  Writes Stewart:  “Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) today introduced a bill to authorize federal judges to depart below a mandatory… Read more »

April 24, 2013

FAMM Applauds Bipartisan Safety Valve in U.S. House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today welcomed the introduction of H.R. 1695, the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, a bipartisan federal bill that would save taxpayers money and preserve scarce federal prison beds for the most dangerous and violent offenders. The bill creates a “safety valve” that allows federal courts to impose… Read more »