Sentencing News

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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 »


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 »