Sentencing News

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December 14, 2017

Calvin Bryant: 17 Years for a First Offense

  Beloved by friends, family, teachers, and co-workers, Calvin Bryant is now serving 17 years for a first-time offense. His sentence was grossly enhanced by Tennessee’s harsh and unfair drug-free school zone law. In 2009, Calvin Bryant was convicted of selling drugs and sentenced to 17 years in Tennessee state prison. He was a first-time… Read more »


December 12, 2017

FAMM Testimony on BOP Halfway House Closures and Limited Use of Compassionate Release

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Testimony on BOP Halfway House Closures  and Limited Use of Compassionate Release   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring submitted testimony today to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform outlining the group’s concerns with the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) recent decision to close more than a dozen… Read more »


December 7, 2017

FAMM Announces Launch of National Campaign for Compassionate Release

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Announces Launch of National Campaign for Compassionate Release WASHINGTON – Today, a coalition of criminal justice reform, health policy, human rights, and faith-based organizations launched a new public education and advocacy campaign to urge the creation, expansion, and robust use of federal and state programs that grant early release to… Read more »


December 4, 2017

Multimedia Producer and Editor

FAMM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and individualized sentencing and prison policies that are just and cost-effective, protect public safety, and strengthen families. FAMM is seeking a talented Multimedia Producer and Editor to join our video production team. We are looking for someone to create compelling video content ranging from short… Read more »


November 20, 2017

FAMM Disappointed in Rejection of Michael Giles’ Appeal

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Disappointed in Rejection of Michael Giles’ Appeal Says one-size-fits-all sentencing laws are to blame   Tallahassee, Fla. – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) expressed disappointment today in the denial of a legal appeal by Michael Giles. Florida’s First District Court of Appeal denied Giles’ appeal of a 2011 conviction for aggravated battery…. Read more »


November 16, 2017

FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package   BOSTON –  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a major criminal justice reform package (S.2200), which impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM is pleased that the House voted to repeal several low-level drug mandatory… Read more »


November 16, 2017

Sara Moore: “A Great Little Kid”

  Sara was so far into her drug addiction that nothing mattered. Not friends, family, or work. She sold drugs out of her apartment and was arrested, and because she lived in a school zone, her sentence was much greater than it would have been otherwise. She knew she was in a school zone, she… Read more »