FL State Cap 3Background: Florida has one of the highest prison populations and incarceration rates in the country. Like many other states, Florida’s corrections budget has exploded over the past two decades, in part because of strict sentencing laws that do not allow for alternatives to incarceration for even low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Since launching our Florida campaign in 2010, FAMM has focused on reforming Florida’s mandatory minimum drug laws and the “10-20-life” gun sentencing law. Public support for smarter, more effective, and more efficient sentencing is strong and  growing stronger in Florida, and FAMM will continue to use that support to fight for sentencing reform in the Sunshine State.

FAMM Legislative Priorities: For information on problems with Florida’s mandatory minimum laws, and FAMM’s proposals to fix them, click here


Greg Newburn
State Policy Director
P.O. Box 142933
Gainesville, Florida 32614
Phone: (352) 682-2542
Email: gnewburn@famm.org

UPDATE: FAMM is working on its legislative priorities for the 2016 Florida legislative session. For more information, click here. Please check back for updates!

News & Updates

September 4, 2015

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Praises “Self-Defense Protection Act”

MEDIA Contact: Greg Newburn, FAMM State Policy Director, (352) 682-2542 TALLAHASSEE – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) State Policy Director Greg Newburn urged Florida lawmakers to support the “Self-Defense Protection Act,” filed yesterday by Representative Neil Combee (R, Polk City) and Senator Aaron Bean (R, Jacksonville). The bill – HB 135 and SB 228 –… Read more »

May 18, 2015

Michael Giles

On Feb. 6, 2010, active duty air force serviceman Michael Giles was invited to a Tallahassee nightclub by a few of his friends. Giles, a young father, was stationed in Tampa at the time, after spending the previous six years on tours of duty in places such as Iraq and Kuwait. Michael accepted the invitation… Read more »

June 20, 2014

FAMM Applauds Governor Scott Signing Threatened Use of Force Act

MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Newburn, (202) 822-6700, gnewburn@famm.orgFAMM MEMBER CONTACT: Andrea Strong, (202) 822-6700, famm@famm.org FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) today applauds Florida Gov. Rick Scott for signing HB 89, the “Threatened Use of Force Act.” This bill provides immunity for the threatened use of force in situations where the actual use of force is already justified under… Read more »

May 28, 2014

Florida’s “Government Efficiency Task Force” Agrees with FAMM

The “Government Efficiency Task Force” (Task Force) is a constitutionally mandated commission that meets every four years to “develop recommendations for improving governmental operations and reducing costs” in Florida.  First established in 2007, the Task Force meets each fourth year and submits its recommendations to the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Legislative Budget Commission,… Read more »