Sentencing News

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March 16, 2017

FAMM Testimony on Idaho Bill H179

Written Statement of Kevin Ring President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums  Submitted to the Idaho House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Rules, and Administration at a hearing on Controlled Substances and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing  March 15, 2016   I thank the Committee for its consideration of mandatory minimum sentencing reform and for the opportunity to… Read more »

March 16, 2017

Louisiana sentencing proposals sent to governor; now the hard work begins

Originally seen in There was a lot of rejoicing when Gov. John Bel Edwards‘ task force on reducing Louisiana’s prison population approved its final set of recommendations for policy and law changes Thursday (March 16). Edwards received a standing ovation from the panel and the audience at its meeting for his remarks, which built on one of his… Read more »

March 15, 2017

The PA House’s bad idea for next week

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés 202.621.5066 The PA House’s bad idea for next week Next week, the Pennsylvania House may take up legislation to reinstate mandatory minimum sentencing laws. We at FAMM think that’s a bad idea. Today we are releasing a new video to help educate policymakers about why individualized, evidence-based approaches… Read more »

March 14, 2017

Oklahoma Struggles With Its Tough-on-Crime Past

Originally seen in Take Part In his first eight sessions as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Kris Steele paid scant attention to crime and punishment. But, in 2008, Steele’s work on the state budget put Oklahoma’s prison system in his sights for the first time. What he saw, he says, “puzzled and dismayed” him…. Read more »

March 14, 2017

After Record Year for Fatal Overdoses, New York City Targets Opioids

Originally seen in The Wall Street Journal   New York City will spend $38 million annually to combat an opioid epidemic that killed more than 1,000 New Yorkers last year, city officials said Monday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the initiative, dubbed HealingNYC, would reduce the number of opioid deaths by 35% during the next five years. The… Read more »