Press Releases

April 23, 2014

Clemency Project 2014 Praises Justice Department for Breathing New Life Into Clemency Process

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, (202) 822-6706, mriggs@famm.org WASHINGTON, D.C. –Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today a new set of criteria the Justice Department and White House will use when considering clemency petitions from federal prisoners. The new criteria will help the Justice Department identify federal prisoners who, if sentenced today under current sentencing laws… Read more »


April 11, 2014

Florida Legislature Reforms Prescription Drug Trafficking Sentences

By a vote of 113-2, the Florida House passed a bill today aimed at reducing the number of people subjected to mandatory minimums for prescription drug offenses. The House vote follows the Florida Senate’s passage of SB 360 in late March. “This common sense bill is a step forward in addressing the demand side of… Read more »


April 10, 2014

U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes to Lower Federal Drug Sentences

FAMM applauds Sentencing Commission for modifying federal drug sentence guidelines CONTACT: Mike Riggsmriggs@famm.org202-822-6706 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The seven-member U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously today to amend federal drug sentencing guidelines. The change will reduce federal drug sentences by an average of 11 months. “We commend the Sentencing Commission for taking this important step toward reforming… Read more »


April 3, 2014

Florida Senate Passes the Threatened Use of Force Act

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Today, the Florida Senate joined the House in passing the The Threatened Use of Force Act, a bill that provides a legal defense for Floridians who threaten to use force—such as warning shots—in situations where deadly force is already protected by law.  “The Senate should be commended for addressing this glaring omission… Read more »


March 20, 2014

FAMM Applauds Florida House Passage of Threatened Use of Force Act

Contact: Greg Newburn, Florida director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, gnewburn@famm.org The Threatened Use of Force Act passed the Florida House early Thursday evening. HB 89 provides legal protection for persons who threaten to use force—such as by firing warning shots—in situations in which deadly force is already protected by Florida law.  “HB 89 addresses a glaring hole in… Read more »


March 18, 2014

FAMM Welcomes Mike Riggs as Director of Communications

Contact:  202-822-6700  Families Against Mandatory Minimums is excited to welcome Mike Riggs as the foundation’s new director of communications. Mike joins FAMM from The Atlantic Cities, where he was a staff writer covering criminal justice policy. “We’re thrilled to add Mike to our team,” said FAMM President Julie Stewart. “He’s passionate about our work and… Read more »


March 13, 2014

FAMM Calls For End To Over-Incarceration Binge; Joins Attorney General in Supporting Reduce Drug Sentencing Guidelines

Contact:  202-822-6700  This morning, FAMM president, Julie Stewart, will testify at the U.S. Sentencing Commission in support of the Commission’s proposal to lower federal drug sentences by an average of 11 months.  Stewart points out that: FAMM strongly supports this amendment but it is a modest correction, not a major change in policy – people… Read more »