Press Releases

FAMM President to AG Holder, President Obama: Enough Talk, Now Walk the Walk

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart expressed hope and frustration  following Attorney General Eric Holder’s  appearance at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on May 15.  Said Stewart: “Attorney General Holder’s comments at the Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday and in a recent speech sounded like a page from FAMM talking points playbook.  They give me … Read More

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DOJ Validates FAMM Report on Compassionate Release

Monday, May 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Our unwavering effort to put compassion back in the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program is gaining steam. Last November, we worked with Human Rights Watch (HRW) to expose the failure of the BOP to administer the compassionate release program as Congress intended. Our investigative report, The Answer is No: Too Little … Read More

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FAMM Urges Bipartisan Overcriminalization Group to Recommend Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reforms

Monday, May 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today applauded the creation of an Overcriminalization Working Group by the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Overcriminalization Working Group was created by Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) and comprises five Republicans and five Democrats. The Working Group will address overcriminalization in … Read More

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Mismanagement of BOP Compassionate Release Program

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Inspector General Report Details Dramatic Mismanagement in Federal Prison Compassionate Release Program; Findings Confirm Human Rights Watch-FAMM Criticisms of BOP Program. After conducting a comprehensive review of the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) compassionate release program, the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded that the BOP “does not properly manage” … Read More

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Prove It: FAMM President Reacts to Anti-Drug Plan

Friday, April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the Obama administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a new plan to combat illegal drug use in America. The ONDCP described its proposal as a “science-driven plan” based on “evidence-based reforms that treat our Nation’s drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice … Read More

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Injustice Ends Here!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I have great news to share with you. Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, H.R. 1695, in the U.S. House of Representatives. In March, U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an identical version of the Justice Safety Valve Act, … Read More

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FAMM Commends Sen. Paul for Urging Repeal of Mandatory Minimums Laws

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM President Julie Stewart commended U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) after he called for eliminating federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Senator Paul’s comments came during a speech he made to students at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, DC. Last month, Senator Paul and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the … Read More

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FAMM, Celebrities Ask Obama to Reform Sentencing

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 100 celebrities, faith and business leaders, lawmakers, athletes and civil rights advocates signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to improve national criminal justice policies by focusing more on intervention and rehabilitation. The coalition, brought together by hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and Dr. Boyce Watkins, offers the president … Read More

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FAMM Urges Passage of Safety Valve Bill; Stewart Testifies Before Congress, Urges Passage of the Justice Safety Bill Act of 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Testifying this morning before the U.S. House subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Prisons (BOP), FAMM President Julie Stewart urged Congress to enact a broad sentencing “safety valve” in order to cut wasteful spending and reduce prison overcrowding. Yesterday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) … Read More

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FAMM Welcomes Bipartisan Sentencing “Safety Valve” in Congress, Releases New Report on How Safety Valves Help States

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today hailed the introduction of The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 (S. 619), a bipartisan federal bill that would save taxpayer dollars by reserving scarce federal prison beds for the most dangerous offenders. The bill creates a “safety valve” that allows federal courts to impose sentences below … Read More

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