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: The 2014 legislative session was huge for sentencing reform in Florida! Click “Legislative Information” below to learn about how FAMM is reforming Florida’s sentencing laws! 

News & Updates

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 »

May 27, 2014

Prison for Thee, But Not For Me: 10-20-Life Offers No Uniformity in Sentencing

Proponents of 10-20-Life argue that the mandatory minimum gun sentencing law creates “uniformity” in sentencing. The idea is that similar crimes merit similar punishments, an outcome they claim is impossible to achieve with judicial discretion, but guaranteed with mandatory minimums.  One wonders, then, how those proponents square their theory with this story. Here are the (edited)… Read more »