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New Legislation Would Erase Crack-Powder Cocaine Disparity, Make FSA Retroactive, Reform Federal Gun Mandatory Minimums

Thursday, March 5, 2015

FAMM’s Stewart applauds proposals Media contact: Mike Riggs, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), a long-time champion of mandatory minimum sentencing reform, introduced three much-needed sentencing reform bills on Wednesday, earning applause from FAMM President and Founder Julie Stewart.   “The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was an important first step in restoring sanity to our … Read More

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U.S. House and Senate Reintroduce an *Even Smarter* Smarter Sentencing Act

Thursday, February 12, 2015

FAMM applauds bipartisan effort to curb BOP costs and over-crowding, restore fairness to federal sentencing. A new and improved version of the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 502/H.R. 920) was introduced today in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, with an even larger number of co-sponsors from both parties. The bipartisan Senate bill (S. … Read More

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Congressional Interest in Sentencing Reform is Bipartisan, Strong as Ever

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today praised the introduction of the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2015 in the U.S. Senate (S. 353) and the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 706). This is a bipartisan, bicameral federal bill that would help reduce high federal prison costs and populations. The bill, introduced in the … Read More

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Clemency Project 2014: A Historically Unprecedented and Wholly Independent Volunteer Effort By the Nation’s Bar

Friday, January 16, 2015

Clemency Project 2014 is a working group composed of lawyers and advocates including the Federal  Public and Community Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as individuals active within those organizations. Washington, DC (January 16, 2015) – An … Read More

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FAMM Brief Urges Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Protect Rights of Drug Lab Defendants Who Challenge Their Convictions

Thursday, January 8, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara J. Dougan, FAMM’s Massachusetts Project Director, BOSTON – Today, the Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in the case of Bridgeman v. District Attorney of Suffolk County. The case was brought by three people who pleaded guilty to drug charges, not knowing that former drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan was involved in testing the … Read More

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FAMM Praises Obama for Commuting Sentences of Barbara Scrivner, Others

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sentencing reform still needed Media Contact: Mike Riggs, Communications Director, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) commends President Obama for commuting (reducing) the federal prison sentences of eight people today, and for pardoning 12 others. Julie Stewart, president and founder of FAMM, issued the following statement in response to today’s commutations: “These … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Massachusetts Criminal Justice Commission’s Recommendation to Repeal Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Offenses

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878 BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) congratulates the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Commission for today’s vote to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. “Public support for one-size-fits-all drug sentences is at an all-time low,” said Barbara J. Dougan, FAMM’s Massachusetts project director. “The last 30 years have shown that mandatory … Read More

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FAMM Congratulates Baker and Healey, Looks Forward to Joint Efforts on Sentencing Reform

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) congratulates Massachusetts Governor-Elect Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Attorney General-Elect Maura Healey on their electoral victories. “We look forward to working in partnership with Governor Baker and Attorney General Healey, as well as the Massachusetts Legislature, to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders,” said Barbara J. Dougan, director of FAMM’s … Read More

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