Sentencing News

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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 »

January 30, 2013

Report: Minimums A Major Cause of Prison Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) says that the increasing use of mandatory minimum sentences and other policy changes adopted over the past 30 years have contributed to an unprecedented and unsustainable growth in the federal prison population. The report, titled, “The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes,… Read more »

January 16, 2013

Sen. Leahy Calls for Repealing Mandatory Minimums

Washington, D.C. — FAMM applauds the comments of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) at the Georgetown University Law Center this morning in Washington, DC.  Sen. Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, strongly opposes mandatory minimum sentences and called today for their repeal and reform at the state and federal level. Chairman Leahy included… Read more »

January 1, 2013

Julie on Justice: Families Against Stupid Sentences

Happy New Year! I hope you and your loved ones had a great holiday season.  I had a much appreciated break and then returned to FAMM and the hundreds of emails that pile up during time away. One of the emails I received was from a FAMM member in prison who wrote, “Do you only… Read more »