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MEDIA ADVISORY: FAMM Sentencing Expert Available to Speak About Colson Task Force Report

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Media Advisory: FAMM Sentencing Expert Available to Speak About Colson Task Force Report

Jessica Breslin, FAMM
202-822-6700

The Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a bipartisan, blue ribbon task force created by Congress to examine challenges in the federal criminal justice system, will release its policy recommendations on January 26 at 11 a.m. The Task Force was chaired by former congressman J.C. Watts (R-OK) and included a politically and geographically diverse group of criminal sentencing and corrections experts. FAMM expects the Task Force report will include, among many other smart policy proposals, a recommendation to reserve mandatory minimum sentences only for drug kingpins. This reform is much broader than the sentencing proposals in the Senate Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) or the House Sentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713).

Molly Gill, FAMM’s government affairs counsel, is available to explain how the Task Force’s recommendation on mandatory minimum sentence reform would apply and why the reform is so vital. In a statement released today, Ms. Gill said:

Taxpayers paid for these bipartisan experts to develop commonsense recommendations for reform. Now that the experts have done the hard work, the only question is whether Congress will listen.

Ms. Gill works with federal legislators, affected family members, and other criminal justice stakeholders to promote sentences that protect public safety and that are proportionate to the offense. She also serves as a commissioner on the District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission.

Gill has appeared as an expert on mandatory minimum sentences, sentencing law, and executive clemency issues on CNN, CNN Headline News, NPR, Al Jazeera, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CBS Evening News, HuffPost Live, and other American, British, and Canadian radio and television shows. She has spoken on a wide variety of academic and conference panels and is frequently a guest lecturer for the Washington Semester program at American University in Washington, DC. Her writings have been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, Huffington Post, Sojourners Magazine, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter.

To schedule an interview with Ms. Gill, please contact Jessica Breslin at (202) 822-6700 or at jbreslin@famm.org.

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