Sentencing News

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July 25, 2017

Two Cheers for New Federal Prison Reform Bill

July 24, 2017 Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Two Cheers for New Federal Prison Reform Bill   WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to today’s introduction of the Prison Reform and Redemption Act in the U.S. House by Representatives by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY):… Read more »


July 21, 2017

Director of Federal Legislative Affairs

FAMM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and individualized sentencing and prison policies that are just and cost-effective, protect public safety, and strengthen families. FAMM is seeking an energetic Director of Federal Legislative Affairs to manage FAMM’s federal sentencing and prison reform efforts in the U.S. Congress. We are looking for someone… Read more »


July 19, 2017

The Three Fallacies Used to Defend Florida’s Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws

Mandatory minimum drug laws don’t work. Everyone who’s studied the issue understands this undeniable truth. And yet, mandatory minimums remain stubbornly popular among many legislators. Criminologist Michael Tonry was right when he wrote that, “The greatest gap between knowledge and policy in American sentencing concerns mandatory penalties.” Mandatory minimum drug laws remain popular among legislators… Read more »


July 11, 2017

FAMM Statement on USSC 2017 Report on Mandatory Minimum Sentences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2017 Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700   FAMM Statement on USSC 2017 Report  on Mandatory Minimum Sentences   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after reviewing the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s “2017 Overview of Mandatory Minimum Penalties in the Federal Criminal Justice System”: Having new data is always… Read more »


July 11, 2017

Shon Hopwood Joins FAMM Board of Directors

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Shon Hopwood Joins FAMM Board of Directors WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Shon Hopwood, associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center, will join the organization’s board of directors. Hopwood is best known for his remarkable personal transformation; he spent more than a decade in federal prison… Read more »


July 10, 2017

My Story: Kaylee G.

For most of Kaylee’s childhood, her father was incarcerated. She was one of the astounding 2.7 million children in the United States growing up with a parent in prison. Now she is an adult with a child of her own, and she is a passionate advocate for reform. Her father will remain behind bars for… Read more »


June 29, 2017

Success Story: Eric Wilson

  “I want to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. One bad decision does not have to define you; you can change if in your heart you want to change.” -Eric Wilson UPDATE: Eric Wilson’s sentence was commuted by President Obama in 2016. He will be released in 2026… Read more »