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FAMM Hails Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

For Immediate Release Contact: Greg Newburn, FAMM State Policy Director gnewburn@famm.org; 352.682.2542     FAMM Hails Drug Sentencing Reform Bill GAINESVILLE, Fla. – FAMM today praised the introduction of legislation designed to reform Florida’s sentencing laws. HB 731, introduced by Representative Katie Edwards (D, Plantation), builds on sentencing reform legislation Representative Edwards passed in 2014…. Read more »


Senate bill would strengthen fentanyl trafficking penalties

Originally seen in Florida Politics. With the opioid epidemic unceasing in the Sunshine State, a bill in the Florida Senate would tighten penalties against trafficking in fentanyl and synthetic drugs. Senate Bill 150, introduced by GOP Sen. Greg Steube from Sarasota, would also impose penalties related to selling, manufacturing, or delivering fentanyl and synthetic drugs “performed within… Read more »


Orville Lee Wollard

Orville is serving a mandatory 20-year prison sentence under Florida’s 10-20-Life law after firing a bullet into a wall to scare off his daughter’s abusive boyfriend. Orville Lee Wollard typifies what it means to be an American. He has spent his life bettering himself to get ahead – and for his family. After receiving an… Read more »


Ronald Thompson

Ronald, a disabled veteran, was sentenced to a mandatory 20 years in prison under Florida’s 10-20-Life law after he fired warning shots to protect a friend. Ronald Thompson is a 100% disabled veteran who spent 14 years in the Army (1966-1980). After his service, Thompson remained active in veterans’ affairs. In addition to acting as… Read more »


Marla Swearingen

Marla was sentenced to a 20-year mandatory prison term when she fired a warning shot to break up a fight. She appealed her case and ultimately served the remainder of a year in county jail. Compared to many people convicted under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, she was lucky. Marla Swearingen is a 50-year-old mother and grandmother… Read more »


Scott Earle

A first-time offender, Scott received a 25-year prison sentence for acting as a middleman between a painkiller supplier and an undercover police officer who told Scott she was experiencing back pain. Scott began using painkillers after a sports injury when he was a teenager. After being in several car accidents, his dependence on the medication… Read more »


Marissa Alexander

Marissa was sentenced to a mandatory 20-year prison term under Florida’s 10-20-Life law for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. Even the law’s author seemed to think the sentence was inappropriate. In 2014, however, her sentence was overturned, and in 2015, Marissa was released after three years of incarceration, receiving two… Read more »