Sentencing News

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March 29, 2018

Busta Rhymes Hosts “Survivors Guide to Prison” Screening with FAMM, #Cut50, React To Film, YWCA Brooklyn, and Sankofa

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 Busta Rhymes Hosts “Survivors Guide to Prison” Screening with FAMM, #Cut50, React To Film, YWCA Brooklyn, and Sankofa   BROOKLYN — Rapper and activist Busta Rhymes, in partnership with FAMM, #Cut50, React to Film, YWCA Brooklyn, and Sankofa, will host a special community screening of “Survivors Guide to Prison,” on Saturday,… Read more »


March 27, 2018

FAMM Hails Introduction of Drug-Free School Zone Reform Legislation in Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Hails Introduction of Drug-Free School Zone Reform Legislation in Tennessee Nashville – FAMM today applauded the introduction of a bill (HB 2111 and SB 2062) that limits the scope of Tennessee’s overly broad drug-free school zones. Tennessee Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown)… Read more »


March 26, 2018

FAMM: Reforms in New Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Going in the Right Direction

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM: Reforms in New Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Going in the Right Direction   WASHINGTON – On March 23, Massachusetts House and Senate members of a conference committee released their agreed-upon version of S. 2371, a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill. If passed, the bill would repeal some of the state’s mandatory… Read more »


March 19, 2018

FAMM Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Plan

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Plan WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement about reports that President Trump will today announce plans to seek the death penalty in cases in which people have died from a drug overdose. His plan also reportedly calls for reducing the quantity of drugs… Read more »


March 16, 2018

USSC 2017-2018 Amendment Cycle

2018: Sentencing Commission Hearing on First Offenders, Alternatives to Incarceration, Synthetic Drugs and Fentanyl The U.S. Sentencing Commission held a hearing on March 14, 2018, to take testimony on a number of proposed amendments, including drug penalties, reductions for first offenders, and alternatives to incarceration. Policy advocates, defense lawyers, and prosecutors appeared on three panels… Read more »


March 13, 2018

FAMM to Testify Before U.S. Sentencing Commission on Synthetic Drugs

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700   WASHINGTON – FAMM’s General Counsel Mary Price will testify before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The public hearing will focus on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines related to synthetic drugs and first offenders/alternatives to incarceration. FAMM submitted comments in writing to… Read more »


March 12, 2018

FAMM Commends Idaho House of Representatives for Passing Meaningful Safety Valve Legislation

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700   FAMM Commends Idaho House of Representatives for Passing Meaningful Safety Valve Legislation  BOISE, IDAHO – Today, the Idaho House of Representatives passed HB 581, 46 to 20. The bill, introduced by Reps. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) and Christy Perry (R-Nampa), would create a “safety valve” mechanism that would allow Idaho courts… Read more »