July 27, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today released “The Dangerous Myths of NAAUSA: A Response to the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys’ Paper Titled “The Dangerous Myths of Drug Sentencing ‘Reform.’” The release of the white paper was timed to coincide with a briefing representatives of NAAUSA are holding this afternoon on Capitol Hill.
“Before members of Congress and their staffs are subjected to NAAUSA’s claims about the impact of sentencing reform, we wanted them to be aware just how reckless and false those claims are,” said Julie Stewart, FAMM’s president. “NAAUSA has only one play in its playbook: use fear to oppose all sentencing reforms. We are concerned that they are going to double down on this Chicken Little strategy now that bipartisan support for federal reform is growing so deep and wide.”
Ms. Stewart noted that President Obama, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Koch Industries, the ACLU, NAACP, and Heritage Foundation are just some of the ideologically diverse individuals and groups that have come together to support commonsense reform. FAMM strongly supports the SAFE Justice Act (H.R. 2944), sponsored by Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA). The bill limits the application of federal mandatory minimum drug sentences to the highest-level offenders, as Congress originally intended.
FAMM’s white paper responds to NAAUSA’s claims about the size of the prison population, the use of mandatory minimums to secure plea agreements and their effect on the crime rate, and the type of drug offender who receives a mandatory minimum sentence.