Sentencing News

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March 1, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Michigan Reforms: Ten Years After Major Sentencing Reform Victory, Michigan Residents Safer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart today marked the 10th anniversary of Michigan’s decision to throw out the state’s drug mandatory minimum sentencing laws by noting that Michigan residents are safer now and are spending less to incarcerate nonviolent drug offenders. “Michigan’s experience is a powerful lesson for other states considering sentencing reform. Twenty years… Read more »

March 1, 2013

Julie on Justice: Short and Tweet

Hold onto your hats – I now have a Twitter account!  I decided it was time to join the 21st century and see whether worthwhile information can be shared in 140 characters or less.  Surprisingly, I’ve found, quite a lot can be communicated in three lines.  In fact, tweeting teaches discipline by forcing you to… Read more »

February 27, 2013

FAMM Applauds BOP’s First Step Toward Compassionate Release Reform, Urges Bolder Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM Vice President and General Counsel Mary Price today welcomed the announcement by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that it would modify its process for reviewing applications from prisoners for compassionate release. Ms. Price is the co-author of “The Answer is No: Too Little Compassionate Release in US Federal Prisons,” a report published last November… Read more »

February 22, 2013

We’ve got the Big Mo!

Big Mo, Cap’n Mo…it’s momentum. And no matter what you call it, we’ve got it. Support for sentencing reform is growing and we are fired up to be a part of it. This week was a perfect example of the exciting things that are happening around the country. On Sunday, the New York Times published this powerful editorial calling… Read more »

February 19, 2013

New GA Bill Continues Mandatory Reform Momentum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today hailed the introduction of new bipartisan legislation in Georgia to reform the state’s drug mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The bill, HB 349, would add a “safety valve” so that judges could impose a shorter sentence in cases involving low-level, nonviolent offenders. “More and more states recognize that… Read more »

February 14, 2013

Mandatory Minimum Cop-Out

(Huffington Post commentary by Julie Stewart) — On Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced their support for legislation to impose mandatory minimum prison sentences for gun crimes. The move comes just months after Chicago closed the book on its deadliest year in decades; in 2012, there… Read more »

February 1, 2013

Julie on Justice: The Sentencing Hammer

We’re only halfway through winter, but things are already heating up. The new Congress and state legislatures all across the country are meeting. Proposals for new mandatory minimums have sprung up in New York (for guns) and in Washington, D.C. (for sexual assault). The big story for January, however, was that a long overdue spotlight… Read more »