Sentencing News

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August 17, 2016

How Free is Florida?

The 2016 edition of “Freedom in the 50 States” was released this week, this time by my former employer, The Cato Institute. For those unfamiliar, the Freedom report ranks all 50 states “based on how their policies promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms.” Freedom was authored by William Ruger of the Charles Koch Institute,… Read more »

August 15, 2016

Mandatory Minimums Have Eviscerated the Right to a Trial by Jury

Last year, during committee debate on a (very good) bill by Senator Rob Bradley, Florida Senate President-Designate Joe Negron gave an eloquent defense of the constitutional right to a trial by jury and the importance of forcing the state to meet its burden of proof in criminal cases. He said: If the State of Florida… Read more »

August 3, 2016

Clemency for FAMM Members; Our Work Intensifies

Spirits are high here at FAMM as we celebrate the sentence commutations of five of our members. Ricky Darden, Ronald Evans, Charceil Kellam, Ervin Worthy, and David Bell are included on a list of 214 people who received clemency from President Obama. The president’s action is a welcome validation of our work against mandatory minimum sentencing…. Read more »

August 1, 2016

Fulton “Mr. Wash” Washington

Once a young man with a promising future, Fulton ended up in prison for nonviolent offenses related to the drug PCP. Mandatory minimums landed him with a life sentence. He spent more than 21 years in prison before receiving clemency in 2016. He has dedicated his life to the creation of art that reflects his… Read more »

July 29, 2016

Small Fish Getting Caught in “Career Offender” Dragnet, New Report Finds

Contact: Leila McDowelllmcdowell@famm.org202.822.6700 FAMM Says New Sentencing Commission Report Bolsters Case for Reform WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM today welcomed the release of a new U.S. Sentencing Commission report, which recommends that Congress act to ensure that non-violent drug offenders are no longer  sentenced as career offenders under the federal sentencing guidelines. Drug offenders with prior non-violent drug… Read more »