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 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 »

May 6, 2013

FAMM Urges Bipartisan Overcriminalization Group to Recommend Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today applauded the creation of an Overcriminalization Working Group by the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Overcriminalization Working Group was created by Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) and comprises five Republicans and five Democrats. The Working Group will address overcriminalization in… Read more »

May 1, 2013

Mismanagement of BOP Compassionate Release Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Inspector General Report Details Dramatic Mismanagement in Federal Prison Compassionate Release Program; Findings Confirm Human Rights Watch-FAMM Criticisms of BOP Program. After conducting a comprehensive review of the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program, the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded that the BOP “does not properly manage”… Read more »