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FAMM Applauds Gov. Baker, General Assembly for Passage of Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, April 13, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Applauds Gov. Baker, General Assembly for Passage of Criminal Justice Reform BOSTON – FAMM today congratulated Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts lawmakers for enacting a comprehensive criminal justice reform package. The new law, S. 2371, will make significant improvements to every phase of the criminal justice system, including sentencing … Read More

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FAMM: Reforms in New Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Going in the Right Direction

Monday, March 26, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM: Reforms in New Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Going in the Right Direction WASHINGTON – On March 23, Massachusetts House and Senate members of a conference committee released their agreed-upon version of S. 2371, a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill. If passed, the bill would repeal some of the state’s mandatory minimum sentences for low-level … Read More

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FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package

Thursday, November 16, 2017

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package   BOSTON –  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a major criminal justice reform package (S.2200), which impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM is pleased that the House voted to repeal several low-level drug mandatory … Read More

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FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts Senate Criminal Justice Reform Package

Monday, October 30, 2017

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts Senate Criminal Justice Reform Package Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate passed 27-10 on S.2185, a major criminal justice reform package that impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM was pleased to see the bill eliminate a number of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, as well … Read More

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FAMM Urges Mass. Legislature to Adopt Sentencing Reform in Response to Supreme Court Ruling

Monday, October 17, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés lprunes@famm.org 202.822.6700   WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today urged the Massachusetts legislature to pass common sense sentencing reform in response to a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling last week that state law does not currently allow departures from mandatory minimum sentences. FAMM filed an amicus brief … Read More

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New Poll Shows Broad Support for Repealing Massachusetts Drug Mandatory Minimums

Thursday, December 3, 2015

FAMM says it’s time for legislature to act MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878, bdougan@famm.org BOSTON – By a nearly three-to-one margin, Massachusetts’s voters support repealing mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenders, according to a new poll released today by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). The poll, conducted by Suffolk University’s Political Research Center, … Read More

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FAMM Testifies Before Mass. Judiciary Committee on Need to Repeal Harsh Drug Sentencing Laws

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mandatory minimums prevent addicts from getting treatment; public safety and state budget better protected when sentences fit the crime MEDIA Contact: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878, bdougan@famm.org, or Mike Riggs, (202) 822-6700, mriggs@famm.org BOSTON – Today Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) will testify before the legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee in support of bills to repeal harsh “one … Read More

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FAMM Applauds SJC for Protecting Drug Lab Defendants Who Challenge Their Convictions

Monday, May 18, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, bdougan@famm.org BOSTON – Today, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that defendants whose cases were handled by convicted former drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan cannot face either more serious charges or longer sentences than prosecutors agreed to in the original plea agreement, if they challenge their convictions based on Dookhan’s … Read More

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FAMM issues final report on Massachusetts candidates’ positions on mandatory minimum drug sentences

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

86% of respondents favor repeal or reform  BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has issued an updated report about candidates’ positions on Massachusetts’ drug sentencing laws. This version, prepared to educate voters ahead of the general election, details how the final slate of candidates for five major state races view mandatory minimum sentencing laws … Read More

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New report from FAMM: Massachusetts candidates’ positions on mandatory minimum drug sentences

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Over 90% of respondents favor repeal or reform   Media contact: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878 or Mike Riggs, (202) 621-6706 BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is excited to release a collection of surveys detailing how 24 candidates for four offices view mandatory minimum drug laws in Massachusetts. FAMM asked candidates from every major race—including governor, … Read More

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