Sentencing News

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April 3, 2013

Julie on The Diane Rehm Show Tomorrow!

FAMM president Julie Stewart will be discussing mandatory minimum sentencing laws on The Diane Rehm Show on Thursday, April 4 from 10-11 a.m. EST.  Click here for more information and to listen to the show online. Joining Julie for the discussion are Scott Burns, executive director, National District Attorneys Association, and Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project at… Read more »

April 1, 2013

Julie on Justice: Deja Vu All Over Again

It’s deja vu all over again! Two decades ago, I was working furiously on a bill that would allow federal courts to avoid the mandatory minimum sentence for drug offenders if the sentence clearly exceeded the person’s role in the crime. That bill became known as the “safety valve.” It was passed by Congress the… Read more »

March 21, 2013

FAMM Urges Passage of Safety Valve Bill; Stewart Testifies Before Congress, Urges Passage of the Justice Safety Bill Act of 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Testifying this morning before the U.S. House subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Prisons (BOP), FAMM President Julie Stewart urged Congress to enact a broad sentencing “safety valve” in order to cut wasteful spending and reduce prison overcrowding. Yesterday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT)… Read more »

March 20, 2013

Norquist and Stewart: Paul-Leahy Sentencing Bill Will Ensure Time Fits the Crime

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and FAMM’s Julie Stewart joined forces to write an op-ed for The Hill on March 20 that lays out the reasons all Americans should support sentencing reform.  Writes the authors:  Even before the sequester took effect, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice was warning that federal prison spending… Read more »

March 20, 2013

FAMM Welcomes Bipartisan Sentencing “Safety Valve” in Congress, Releases New Report on How Safety Valves Help States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today hailed the introduction of The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 (S. 619), a bipartisan federal bill that would save taxpayer dollars by reserving scarce federal prison beds for the most dangerous offenders. The bill creates a “safety valve” that allows federal courts to impose sentences below… Read more »

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 »