Sentencing News

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November 21, 2016

Communications Assistant (Internship)

Who We Are: Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a dynamic, creative, organized, hard-working intern to join the FAMM team and work with our communications and research departments.  Who Should Apply: The ideal candidate is a current undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in communications, journalism, public policy,… Read more »

November 17, 2016

“I know exactly what they mean”

You might not know that here at FAMM, we have someone on staff who knows way more than she ever wanted to about how awful mandatory minimum sentencing really is. Debi Campbell spent 16 long years behind bars for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. Now she works for us, trying to get rid of bad… Read more »

November 9, 2016

A Letter from FAMM

By Andrea Strong, Member Services Director with FAMM   Today, as we all honor our country’s military veterans for their service, I will be thinking of my friend Bruce Harrison, a former corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bruce served his country honorably during the Vietnam War, earning many distinctions, including two Purple Hearts. Unfortunately,… Read more »

October 25, 2016

Nichole Marie Forde

Nichole Forde’s life was spiraling downward. Abused as a child, living on the streets, two suicide attempts … When she was finally convicted of selling drugs in 2010, it might have been a blessing in disguise. Nichole needed a change. A reasonable prison sentence could have helped her repay her debt to society and turn… Read more »

October 4, 2016

How Should Originalist Legislators Think About Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws?

Imagine you are a state legislator – or perhaps you don’t need to imagine! – who believes the following: The U.S. Constitution should be interpreted according to the original meaning of the text; Legislation that violates the U.S. Constitution so interpreted is unconstitutional; and   The legislature shouldn’t approve any unconstitutional legislation. How should a… Read more »

September 23, 2016

Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton used drugs and had “bad thinking,” in her words, and she was caught up in a drug conspiracy that netted her a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. The judge in her trial did not want to sentence her as he was compelled to. “Just so the record is clear, if the – if… Read more »

September 21, 2016

Communications Director

FAMM, the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a dynamic, creative, organized, hard-working communications professional to join the FAMM team and lead our communications department.   We are seeking a team player with the following qualifications: 3-5 years working in communications, journalism, marketing and/ or other related field; Experience implementing communications strategies, including traditional and social… Read more »