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


January 2, 2014

Another Democratic Failure At Curbing Gun Violence: Mandatory Prison Terms For Illegal Firearms

(The Blaze) Just when we were, as a nation, beginning to realize that putting people in prison for non-violent offenses, an Illinois state representative wants to revive Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed legislation imposing mandatory minimum prison sentences for illegal firearm ownership. Mandatory minimum sentencing has been rightly identified as a human rights travesty and is being repealed across… Read more »

January 2, 2014

Florida Sentencing Reform Bills in Committee Next Week! Please Help!

Hello Florida FAMM! I hope each of you had a nice holiday! We’re back with big news right out of the gate in 2014, and we need your help! On Wednesday, January 8, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider SB 448, which aims to prevent injustices under 10-20-Life that have become commonplace in our… Read more »

December 31, 2013

Help Me Fire My Great Staff

Over the past few weeks, you’ve had the chance to “meet” some of the great people who work at FAMM, as well as those who have been helped by our work. Molly, Kate, and Greg are just a few of the young whippersnappers at FAMM that work hard every day to make our criminal sentencing process… Read more »

December 29, 2013

George Will: The Sledgehammer Justice of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

(Washington Post) — Federal Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York says documents called “statements of reasons” are an optional way for a judge to express “views that might be of interest.” The one he issued two months ago is still reverberating. It expresses his dismay that although his vocation is the administration of justice,… Read more »

December 24, 2013

Making Compassion a Priority

Several weeks ago, my beloved sister Joan died. I was privileged to be Joan’s sister and – because she faced the special challenges of developmental delay and blindness – her guardian. In the days that followed Joan’s death, I couldn’t help but think of the dying prisoners and their families who don’t get to do… Read more »

December 20, 2013

Obama Commutes Sentences for 8 in Crack Cocaine Cases

(New York Times) — President Obama, expanding his push to curtail severe penalties in drug cases, on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates who were convicted of crack cocaine offenses. Each inmate has been imprisoned for at least 15 years, and six were sentenced to life in prison. It was the first time retroactive… Read more »

December 20, 2013

What it Takes to Free a Man

(Dafna Linzer, MSNBC) — There will be a desire to declare that justice was done Thursday when President Obama finally ordered Clarence Aaron freed from prison. And in a way it was. Aaron had been a college football star, a math whiz, an admired young man. Then he was in prison garb reviewing accounts for… Read more »