WASHINGTON—Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the leading non-profit advocate for federal sentencing and prison reform, announced today that the group is launching its first national radio advertising campaign.
The first ad will begin airing today in two Virginia Congressional Districts: VA-6, home to Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); and VA-4, home to Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA). Representative Goodlatte is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over criminal justice issues; Representative Forbes is also a member of the committee.
“It’s time to act. We know our families and communities would be safer with smarter sentencing laws,” said FAMM Communications Director Mike Riggs. “Today, a broad and growing bipartisan majority has formed in Congress to enact commonsense reforms – and we do not want to let this opportunity pass. To make sure it doesn’t, we plan to engage members of Congress in their districts to make sure their constituents’ voices are being heard.”
The first ad, entitled “Safety,” features former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Tim Heaphy. Heaphy encourages listeners to support the SAFE Justice Act, a comprehensive sentencing and prison reform bill sponsored by 50 bipartisan members of the U.S. House and organizations from across the political spectrum, including the American Conservative Union, Koch Industries, and American Civil Liberties Union. In the ad, Heaphy says:
Over the last twenty years, prison costs have doubled while funding for law enforcement, crime prevention and victim services has been cut in half. Billions of dollars that should be spent paying police and preventing crime is being wasted every year keeping non-violent, low-risk offenders locked up, sometimes for decades.
We need to reverse that trend. And the SAFE Justice Act will do exactly that – by putting funding back into law enforcement and reserving the toughest prison sentences for the toughest criminals.
The full ads can be found here:
Tim Heaphy asks Congressman Goodlatte to support the SAFE Justice Act:
Tim Heaphy asks Congressman Forbes to support the SAFE Justice Act:
Riggs noted that momentum for sentencing reform is growing in Washington. Just last week, a bipartisan group of US Senators, led by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a bill that would, among other things, reduce the length of some mandatory minimum sentences and restore sentencing discretion to judges in more cases.
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