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

January 29, 2016

Florida Senate Approves Easing Mandatory 20-Year Prison Sentences

(Miami Herald) — A unanimous Florida Senate on Thursday removed the crime of aggravated assault from the list of gun-related crimes that require a mandatory 20-year prison sentence under a law known as 10-20-Life. The 38-0 vote reflects a growing belief by political leaders in both parties that inflexible minimum mandatory sentencing laws can produce… Read more »

January 20, 2016

Florida Senate Proposes Series of Sentencing Reforms for Non-Violent Crimes

(Miami Herald) — The Florida Senate is drafting an ambitious package of bills that will reform the state’s sentencing laws to give judges more flexibility, provide more productive alternatives for low-level drug offenders, and ultimately reduce Florida’s prison population. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee conducted a two-hour workshop Tuesday on its 10 proposals,  hearing from… Read more »

December 21, 2015

Two From St. Pete Among 95 Whose Life Sentences Are Commuted

(The Tampa Tribune) — Two people from St. Petersburg serving life sentences are among 95 prisoners whose punishment was commuted Friday by President Barack Obama as part of an effort to rethink a criminal justice system that is seen as too harsh on drug offenders. One of the local offenders is Sherman Chester, a former… Read more »

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 »