Sentencing News

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February 10, 2017

FAMM Featured in Wall Street Journal

Happy Friday! Before the weekend arrives, we wanted to make sure you saw our latest news. First, FAMM’s work was profiled this morning in the Wall Street Journal! The article mentions our new efforts to improve programming and rehabilitation in federal prisons. Stay tuned for a report from FAMM on the topic in the coming… Read more »

February 10, 2017

Criminal-Justice Reform Efforts Brace for Tough Road in Trump Era

Originally seen on Wall Street Journal.  Before Kevin Ring took over a prominent criminal-justice reform group, he had to clear a significant hurdle: He needed to get his probation officer’s blessing to interact with felons. Now Mr. Ring faces a possibly even bigger one: the Trump administration. Mr. Ring, who became president of Families Against Mandatory… Read more »

February 10, 2017

FAMM Hails Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

For Immediate Release Contact: Greg Newburn, FAMM State Policy Director; 352.682.2542     FAMM Hails Drug Sentencing Reform Bill GAINESVILLE, Fla. – FAMM today praised the introduction of legislation designed to reform Florida’s sentencing laws. HB 731, introduced by Representative Katie Edwards (D, Plantation), builds on sentencing reform legislation Representative Edwards passed in 2014…. Read more »

February 9, 2017

Senate bill would strengthen fentanyl trafficking penalties

Originally seen in Florida Politics. With the opioid epidemic unceasing in the Sunshine State, a bill in the Florida Senate would tighten penalties against trafficking in fentanyl and synthetic drugs. Senate Bill 150, introduced by GOP Sen. Greg Steube from Sarasota, would also impose penalties related to selling, manufacturing, or delivering fentanyl and synthetic drugs “performed within… Read more »

February 9, 2017

Baltimore Will Steer Some Drug Offenders to Treatment—Not Jail

Originally seen in Wall Street Journal.  BALTIMORE—Long burdened by one of the worst heroin problems in the U.S., Baltimore is joining a small but growing number of cities where police can divert low-level drug offenders to treatment, rather than send them to jail. The move toward a diversion program—before an offender is booked on charges—is the… Read more »

February 9, 2017

Michigan Senate passes bills aimed at reducing recidivism

Originally seen in Corrections One. LANSING — Criminal justice reform was a legislative priority left hanging in the 2016 lame-duck session of the Michigan Legislature. But on Thursday, a 21-bill package became the first proposals to get action in the Senate, with nearly all of the bills receiving unanimous support. “A problem that has plagued the state… Read more »

February 9, 2017

Alaska’s criminal justice reform efforts should be celebrated

Originally seen in Juneau Empire.  Alaska lawmakers should celebrate their landmark successful criminal justice overhaul last year. In July 2016, Gov. Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 91 into law, a bill designed to safely reduce the state’s growing prison population while enhancing public safety. Alaska’s prison population has exploded by 27 percent over the last decade… Read more »