Press Releases

FAMM: Reforms in New Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Going in the Right Direction

Monday, March 26, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM: Reforms in New Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Going in the Right Direction WASHINGTON – On March 23, Massachusetts House and Senate members of a conference committee released their agreed-upon version of S. 2371, a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill. If passed, the bill would repeal some of the state’s mandatory minimum sentences for low-level … Read More

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FAMM to Testify Before U.S. Sentencing Commission on Synthetic Drugs

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700   WASHINGTON – FAMM’s General Counsel Mary Price will testify before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The public hearing will focus on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines related to synthetic drugs and first offenders/alternatives to incarceration. FAMM submitted comments in writing to the Commission … Read More

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FAMM Commends Idaho House of Representatives for Passing Meaningful Safety Valve Legislation

Monday, March 12, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Commends Idaho House of Representatives for Passing Meaningful Safety Valve Legislation  BOISE, IDAHO – Today, the Idaho House of Representatives passed HB 581, 46 to 20. The bill, introduced by Reps. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) and Christy Perry (R-Nampa), would create a “safety valve” mechanism that would allow Idaho courts to … Read More

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Compassionate Release: Congressional Oversight Needed to Prevent Prisoner Deaths

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) General Counsel Mary Price commented on this morning’s article in the New York Times about the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) chronic failure to grant compassionate release to very sick and elderly prisoners who pose no risk to public safety. The article … Read More

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FAMM Statement on Nomination of William Otis to U.S. Sentencing Commission

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Statement on Nomination of William Otis to U.S. Sentencing Commission WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM president Kevin Ring issued the following statement on William Otis, one of four nominees put forward today by the Trump administration for the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the administrative body that writes and updates the federal … Read More

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GRACE Act Fixes Long-Standing Issues with Compassionate Release

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 GRACE Act Fixes Long-Standing Issues with Compassionate Release WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Granting Release and Compassion Effectively (GRACE) Act, a bill that would make the federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) process for reviewing the “compassionate release” requests of qualifying elderly and ill federal prisoners … Read More

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Missouri Sentencing Reform Clears First Hurdle

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Missouri Sentencing Reform Clears First Hurdle   JEFFERSON CITY, MO – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill today lauded the Missouri House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee for unanimously approving a bill to reform the state’s sentencing laws. The bill, HB 1739, introduced by Rep. Cody Smith (R-163), would … Read More

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National Groups to Tackle Drug Sentencing Reform in Arizona

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 National Groups to Tackle Drug Sentencing Reform in Arizona PHOENIX – As Arizona lawmakers seek solutions to the state’s growing prison costs, a panel of national sentencing experts will examine how drug sentencing reform could save taxpayer dollars and keep residents safe. How Drug Sentencing Reform Can Make Arizona Safer Thursday, March … Read More

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FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill   PHOENIX – Last week, the Arizona House of Representatives voted down HB 2241, a bill that would create lengthy, ineffective mandatory minimums for fentanyl trafficking in Arizona. Shortly after the vote, Rep. Vince Leach changed his no vote … Read More

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