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


February 9, 2017

For Seriously Ill Prisoners, Consider Evidence-Based Compassionate Release Policies

Originally seen in Health Affairs Blog. On January 5, 2017, then-President Obama published a commentary in the Harvard Law Review outlining the rationale behind his administration’s efforts to advance criminal justice reform, including his commuting the sentences of—or granting clemency to—more than 1,000 prisoners in recent years. The Obama administration’s clemency initiative worked to both restore… Read more »

February 9, 2017

Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization: What’s Being Proposed and How It Could Affect You

Originally seen in Policy.mic. Politically, Virginia has come to be viewed as somewhat “purple,” a mixture of southern conservatism and liberalizing suburbs, and weed activists now see it at the tipping point for legal marijuana. But could it go green? Probably not all at once.  The Arlington County Civic Federation, made up of more than 80 community groups based in one… Read more »

February 9, 2017

Lawmakers considering sentencing alternatives

Originally seen in The Columbus Telegram. LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers have two options to lessen the impact of mandatory minimum sentences under a pair of bills presented to a legislative committee Wednesday. Mandatory minimum sentences remove incentives for inmates to behave and can endanger prison guards and other inmates, said Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha. He… Read more »

February 7, 2017

Mass Incarceration Doesn’t Work

Originally seen in The Roanoke Times. America relies heavily on incarceration as a means for how to deal with people who have broken the law. According to the Center for Social Development, this country incarcerates more people than anywhere else in the world with 2.3 million people in jails and prisons on any given day…. Read more »

February 7, 2017

Fogel Pushes Reform In Official Candidacy Announcement

Originally seen in The Daily Progress. At a news conference announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Charlottesville commonwealth’s attorney, firebrand attorney Jeff Fogel said he intends to use the office as a bully pulpit to address concerns he has about the criminal justice system — particularly the massive number of people incarcerated.   … Read more »

February 7, 2017

Should Va. reinstate parole? YES, sentencing reform makes practical sense

Originally seen in Richmond Times-Dispatch. Last week, Governor McAuliffe announced the establishment of a commission to study and make recommendations about Virginia’s parole system. This is an important step toward creating an effective, commonsense Virginia justice system. The decision made two decades ago by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to abolish parole reinforced the commonwealth’s… Read more »

February 7, 2017

Communications Assistant (Internship)

*** We are no longer taking applications for our Summer 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… Read more »