Sentencing News

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May 31, 2017

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls for Decriminalization of Marijuana

Original article found on Maui Now US Representative Tulsi Gabbard spoke on the House floor today to urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to federally decriminalize marijuana. If passed, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act (H.R.1227) would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list — joining other industries such as alcohol and tobacco. Rep…. Read more »

May 17, 2017

Two Steps Back How Jeff Sessions’ memo on federal prosecutions could take New Mexico back to a harsher era

Originally found via A directive from newly appointed US Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructing prosecutors to seek the most severe charges available threatens to stunt recent progress toward less federal prison time for low-level drug offenders in New Mexico, defense lawyers and drug policy reform advocates tell SFR. “Drug mule” cases make up many of… Read more »

May 17, 2017

FAMM Welcomes Introduction of Justice Safety Valve Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rabiah Burks 202-822-6700 FAMM Welcomes Introduction of Justice Safety Valve Act Group Calls Bill “Perfect Response” to Sessions’ Memo   WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) applauds U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Robert Scott (D-VA) for reintroducing… Read more »

May 16, 2017

FAMM Testimony to Iowa House Judiciary Committee on HF 377

Testimony of Molly Gill Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Submitted to the Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee Considering HF 377 February 22, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today regarding HF 377, an important sentencing reform bill that would save money, increase fairness, and protect… Read more »

May 12, 2017

FAMM Statement on DOJ Charging Memo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rabiah Burks 202.822.6700 FAMM Statement on DOJ Charging Memo   WASHINGTON – FAMM is gravely disappointed with the new charging memo issued today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. While we appreciate the attorney general’s commitment to reducing crime and combating dangerous opioid abuse, we think his strategy is misguided, unsupported by… Read more »

May 10, 2017

FAMM Hails New Iowa Sentencing Reform Law

For Immediate Release Contact: Rabiah Burks 202-822-6700 FAMM Hails New Iowa Sentencing Reform Law Governor Signs Pro-Public Safety, Pro-Taxpayer Law That Eliminates Lowest Level Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Reduces State’s Sentencing Disparities Des Moines, Iowa – Building upon modest reforms made during 2016, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today signed important sentencing reform legislation into… Read more »