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November 7, 2017

FAMM Praises Introduction of the SAFE Justice Act of 2017

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Praises Introduction of the SAFE Justice Act of 2017 WASHINGTON – FAMM today commended U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jason Lewis (R-MN) for the introduction of the Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective (SAFE) Justice Act of 2017. The broad bill limits the application of federal mandatory minimum sentences to the… Read more »


October 30, 2017

Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Seeks Answers on Federal Halfway House Closures

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Seeks Answers on Federal Halfway House Closures   WASHINGTON – Today FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) praised a bipartisan group of U.S. senators for asking the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to explain its recent closures of more than a dozen halfway houses, which help federal prisoners… Read more »


October 30, 2017

FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts Senate Criminal Justice Reform Package

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts Senate Criminal Justice Reform Package Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate passed 27-10 on S.2185, a major criminal justice reform package that impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM was pleased to see the bill eliminate a number of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, as well… Read more »


October 12, 2017

FAMM Praises California for Passing “Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE)” Act

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Praises California for Passing “Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE)” Act Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today commended Gov. Jerry Brown for signing into law SB 180, the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements (RISE) Act. The bill repeals a three-year mandatory sentence enhancement for some repeat drug offenses. “We are thrilled to… Read more »


October 3, 2017

Success Story: Loretta Fish Liegal

Loretta’s traumatic early life led to drug addiction and prison. When she was given a second chance through commutation of her sentence, she made the most of it. Today she is a role model and an inspiration. When Loretta Fish Liegal was in her early teens, her family’s house caught on fire. Her little sister… Read more »


September 29, 2017

My Story: Cassie M.

Cassie’s husband Chris is in prison for six years on a wire fraud charge. They married just months before his incarceration, and the years since have made her an outspoken and fearless advocate for criminal justice reform. She shares here the roller-coaster of emotions that families of prisoners go through. “Happy Thanksgiving.” That was the… Read more »


September 25, 2017

FAMM Statement on 2016 FBI Crime Statistics

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Statement on 2016 FBI Crime Statistics Washington, DC – In response to today’s release of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2016, which shows an increase in violent crime in the United States, FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement: This isn’t really news. We knew crime increased in… Read more »