Sentencing News

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February 27, 2018

National Groups to Tackle Drug Sentencing Reform in Arizona

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 National Groups to Tackle Drug Sentencing Reform in Arizona PHOENIX – As Arizona lawmakers seek solutions to the state’s growing prison costs, a panel of national sentencing experts will examine how drug sentencing reform could save taxpayer dollars and keep residents safe. How Drug Sentencing Reform Can Make Arizona Safer Thursday, March… Read more »


February 20, 2018

FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill PHOENIX – Last week, the Arizona House of Representatives voted down HB 2241, a bill that would create lengthy, ineffective mandatory minimums for fentanyl trafficking in Arizona. Shortly after the vote, Rep. Vince Leach changed his no vote and… Read more »


February 15, 2018

FAMM Praises Advancement of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill in U.S. Senate

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Praises Advancement of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill in U.S. Senate WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee met and voted on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA, S. 1917). The committee decided, by a vote of 16-5, to approve the bill. The bill was passed… Read more »


February 8, 2018

New Data Reveals BOP Still Neglecting Compassionate Release

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700   New Data Reveals BOP Still Neglecting Compassionate Release WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) President Kevin Ring today commented on the release of new data related to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program. Last August, 12 U.S. senators wrote to the BOP seeking information… Read more »


February 8, 2018

FAMM Condemns Arizona House’s Effort to Increase Mandatory Opioid Sentences 

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700   FAMM Condemns Arizona House’s Effort to Increase Mandatory Opioid Sentences    PHOENIX – Yesterday, FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) sent a letter to members of the Arizona House of Representatives urging them not to pass HB 2241, a bill that would create 10- and 15-year mandatory minimum sentences for people… Read more »


February 1, 2018

Tennessee Lawmakers, Advocates, and Residents to Tackle Drug-Free School Zone Reform

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700   Tennessee Lawmakers, Advocates, and Residents to Tackle Drug-Free School Zone Reform Nashville  – Tennessee’s drug-free school zone law costs the state millions to lock up low-level drug offenders. FAMM is hosting a panel on Feb. 5 in Nashville that brings together advocates, lawmakers, and residents to discuss this law… Read more »


January 31, 2018

FAMM Amicus Brief: Koons v. United States

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Amicus Brief: Koons v. United States   WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM filed an amicus brief this week in the case of Koons v. United States, in the Supreme Court. FAMM argues that the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines should govern cases in which defendants provide “substantial assistance” to the government… Read more »