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


June 12, 2013

FAMM: A Family Affair

My brother, Jeff, recently wrote the letter below to FAMM members across the country.  You may have gotten a copy but I wanted to make sure you saw it because Jeff’s perspective is important.  He has been to prison and remembers what it’s like to seek change from behind bars.  Now, on the outside, he… Read more »

June 5, 2013

George Will: Leahy and Paul plan on mandatory sentencing makes sense 

Libertarians believe government should have a compelling reason before it restricts an individual’s liberty. Today’s liberals believe almost any reason will do, because liberty is less important than equality, fraternity, fighting obesity and many other aspirations. Now, however, one of the most senior and liberal U.S. senators and one of the most junior and libertarian… Read more »

June 1, 2013

Julie on Justice: End the Love Affair

There are a lot of reasons I oppose mandatory sentencing policies.  I hate that they take sentencing power away from the judge – who is supposed to be neutral – and give it to the prosecutor, who is far from neutral.  I hate that mandatory sentences, in their rigidity, ignore complex human behavior in favor… Read more »

May 24, 2013

David Keene: Prison Sentence Reform

David Keene, former president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), wrote this eloquent essay for the National Review on May 24. Writes Keene, “Some liberal judges back in the 1970s and ’80s enraged the public by allowing felons back on the street with little more than a slap on the wrist. In response, Congress and… Read more »

May 17, 2013

Don’t Appeal Crack Fairness Ruling, FAMM Tells DOJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 17, FAMM President Julie Stewart strongly urged the U.S. Department of Justice to let stand today’s decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in which a majority ruled that the Fair Sentencing Act should be applied retroactively. The case is US v. Blewett, No. 12-5226 (6th Cir. May 17, 2013)…. Read more »

May 15, 2013

FAMM President to AG Holder, President Obama: Enough Talk, Now Walk the Walk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart expressed hope and frustration  following Attorney General Eric Holder’s  appearance at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on May 15.  Said Stewart: “Attorney General Holder’s comments at the Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday and in a recent speech sounded like a page from FAMM talking points playbook.  They give me… Read more »

May 6, 2013

DOJ Validates FAMM Report on Compassionate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Our unwavering effort to put compassion back in the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program is gaining steam. Last November, we worked with Human Rights Watch (HRW) to expose the failure of the BOP to administer the compassionate release program as Congress intended. Our investigative report, The Answer is No: Too Little… Read more »