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 31, 2013

Same Level of Safety for a Half-Billion Less; FAMM President Reacts to New Crack Guideline Retroactivity Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart released the following statement today in reaction to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s latest Preliminary Crack Retroactivity Data report:  Consider for a moment how proud members of Congress would be if they used the best available evidence and data to reform a federal program in a way that maintained all… Read more »

July 22, 2013

Rebecca Betts: Justice Sometimes Requires Discretion

Rebecca Betts, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, wrote this op-ed in the Charleston Daily Mail about the importance of sentencing discretion and the Justice Safety Valve Act. When I served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia in the mid-1990s, my office aggressively prosecuted dangerous criminals and… Read more »

July 19, 2013

Clemency Reform: We’re Still Waiting

  Take a look at FAMM President Julie Stewart’s latest piece on the Huffington Post, Clemency Reform: We’re Still Waiting. If the administration wants to make certain every dollar of our nation’s public safety budget is spent productively, as it should, President Obama should begin to exercise his executive clemency authority. For starters, he might… Read more »

July 11, 2013

New Earned Good Time Bill Introduced in Congress

On July 11, in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) introduced H.R. 2656, the Public Safety Enhancement Act of 2013 (PSEA). The bill could allow some federal prisoners to earn credit if they complete certain programs. The credits could enable some prisoners who are considered by… Read more »

July 1, 2013

Julie on Justice: Tyranny of Out-of-Touch Leaders

Happy Fourth of July.  I’m trying to drum up some genuine enthusiasm for the holiday but I keep coming up short.  I mean, I’m happy we gained our independence from Great Britain and who doesn’t like a good barbeque and fireworks?  In fact, I just learned that John Adams hoped we would celebrate the Declaration… Read more »

June 27, 2013

This Fourth of July, Every Day of Freedom Counts

This week we celebrate Independence Day, but the United States remains the world’s biggest jailer. We hate that irony, and changing it is what keeps us working hard here in hot, humid Washington, D.C. all summer long.  Wherever you’re celebrating the Fourth of July this year, we need your help.  We’re supporting the Justice Safety Valve Act, H.R. 1695,… Read more »