Sentencing News

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March 7, 2018

Compassionate Release: Congressional Oversight Needed to Prevent Prisoner Deaths

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) General Counsel Mary Price commented on this morning’s article in the New York Times about the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) chronic failure to grant compassionate release to very sick and elderly prisoners who pose no risk to public safety. The article… Read more »


March 6, 2018

Lisa Andrews: Addiction, Abuse, and Now Prison

A very troubled life of addiction and abuse landed Lisa Andrews in prison for 12 years. It’s clear that she needed intervention and help—but is more than a decade in prison the answer? For years before the police came to Lisa Andrews’ home one day in 2011, she had been wrestling drug addiction—and losing. That… Read more »


March 5, 2018

Amber Carlson: Being a Mule Got Her 10 Years

Deep in addiction and mental illness and trying to scrape together enough money for gifts for her kids one Christmas Eve, Amber Carlson agreed to transport methamphetamine for a drug dealer. She had no prior felony convictions, but she got a 10-year sentence. By most reports, Amber Carlson is a loving, wonderful mother and sister… Read more »


March 5, 2018

Stephanie Troy: Making the Most of a Bad Sentence

Stephanie’s story is a messy one, reflecting the chaotic life of a drug addict. It also shows how drug-weight threshold laws can have a devastating “cliff effect” on low-level offenders. Arizona lawmakers thought that their one-size-fits-all prison sentences for drug offenses would only apply to major dealers. Meet Stephanie Troy, who received more than five… Read more »


March 1, 2018

FAMM Statement on Nomination of William Otis to U.S. Sentencing Commission

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Statement on Nomination of William Otis to U.S. Sentencing Commission WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM president Kevin Ring issued the following statement on William Otis, one of four nominees put forward today by the Trump administration for the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the administrative body that writes and updates the federal… Read more »


February 28, 2018

GRACE Act Fixes Long-Standing Issues with Compassionate Release

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 GRACE Act Fixes Long-Standing Issues with Compassionate Release WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Granting Release and Compassion Effectively (GRACE) Act, a bill that would make the federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) process for reviewing the “compassionate release” requests of qualifying elderly and ill federal prisoners… Read more »


February 27, 2018

Missouri Sentencing Reform Clears First Hurdle

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Missouri Sentencing Reform Clears First Hurdle JEFFERSON CITY, MO – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill today lauded the Missouri House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee for unanimously approving a bill to reform the state’s sentencing laws. The bill, HB 1739, introduced by Rep. Cody Smith (R-163), would help… Read more »