Sentencing News

FAMM has resources and contacts to assist the media with reporting on mandatory minimum sentences and their effects on the country. Media inquiries should be directed to


September 20, 2017

William Forrester

William Forrester became addicted to pain medication after surgery. In the fierce grip of his disease, he obtained oxycodone with a fake prescription. He badly needed help with his addiction; instead he is now in state prison for a mandatory 15 years. “The pain never seemed to go away, no matter how much medication I… Read more »

September 11, 2017

Temporary Research Position

Who We Are: 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. What You’ll Do:  FAMM is seeking lawyers to support our work on a report about state compassionate release laws, regulations, and practices.  Many states have… Read more »

September 11, 2017

Communications Assistant (Internship)

  Who We Are: Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a dynamic, creative, organized, hard-working intern to join the FAMM team and work with our communications and research departments.  Who Should Apply: The ideal candidate is a current undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in communications, journalism, public… Read more »

August 21, 2017

NACDL and FAMM Announce State Clemency Project

Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.822.6700 NACDL and FAMM Announce State Clemency Project Collaborative Efforts Underway with the State of New York    Washington, DC (August 21, 2017) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), with support from the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), announce today a major state-focused… Read more »

August 4, 2017

USSC 2017-2018 Amendment Cycle

FAMM has weighed in with the U.S. Sentencing Commission as it begins the work of considering amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. We had a lot to say. First, we told the Commission that while we support their focus on simplifying the guidelines, we worry that they will use that effort to ask Congress to… Read more »

August 4, 2017

FAMM Applauds Senators on Efforts to Expand Use of Compassionate Release Program

Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.822.6700 FAMM Applauds Senators on Efforts to Expand Use of Compassionate Release Program   WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM praises 12 U.S. senators for writing a letter to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) requesting an update on its efforts to expand its use of the compassionate release program: Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT),… Read more »

August 3, 2017

Terrance Davis

  Because of the Drug-Free School Zone Act in Tennessee, this low-level drug offender is serving a decade longer than he would have without that enhancement. A distance of 101 feet. For Terrance Davis, that length was the difference between 12 years in prison—with the possibility of parole after serving four years—and the sentence he… Read more »