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Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws, Witnesses Tell Senate Committee

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a packed public hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, a former federal prosecutor and the director of a conservative criminal justice reform group called on U.S. Senators to roll back federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. These witnesses told committee members that one-size-fits-all penalties do more harm than good, a message … Read More

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U.S. Sentencing Commission Update – Retroactivity Possible?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Good news on the sentencing guidelines front!  On August 15, the U.S. Sentencing Commission decided which guideline changes they want to focus on in 2014 and one of them is to reduce all drug sentences by two levels! As you might remember, each year the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which writes the federal Sentencing Guidelines, suggests … Read More

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USSC Agrees to Consider Reducing Drug Guidelines; Move is Latest Example of Policymakers Rethinking Punishment for Nonviolent Offenders

Friday, August 16, 2013

FAMM vice president and general counsel Mary Price hailed a decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to consider lowering the guidelines judges use to sentence drug dealers. At an August 15 meeting, the Commission agreed to consider the potential change among its priorities for the 2014 amendment cycle.   “We applaud the Commission’s decision,” Ms. Price … Read More

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American Correctional Association Endorses Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

On August 13, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Correctional Association (ACA) passed a resolution supporting legislative reform of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The ACA is the world’s largest correctional association, with thousands of prison and jail wardens and correctional officers among its membership. The ACA is the latest voice in a … Read More

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A Historic Day for Sentencing Reform

Monday, August 12, 2013

Today was a historic day in our fight for smarter sentencing laws. For the first time in the 20+ years I have been at this, the U.S. Department of Justice has admitted our arguments are right and that eliminating some mandatory minimums will make us safer. (Oh, and it will save us billions of dollars, … Read More

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FAMM Applauds DOJ Call for Sentencing Reform, Changes in Prosecutorial Practices and Compassionate Release

Monday, August 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM president Julie Stewart today welcomed the U.S. Justice Department’s proposals for reforming federal criminal sentencing laws and prosecutorial charging practices. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Department’s proposed reforms in a speech to the American Bar Association today in San Francisco.  “For the past 40 years, the Department of Justice, under … Read More

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FAMM Hails ALEC Endorsement of Sentencing Reform; Says Sentencing Valve Proposal Improves Public Safety, Save Money

Monday, August 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM President Julie Stewart today praised the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization comprising conservative state lawmakers from around the country, for approving model legislation to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The model bill, known as Justice Safety Valve Act, would authorize judges to depart from a minimum sentence in certain … Read More

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New Bill Shows Growing Bipartisan Support for Sentencing Reform

Thursday, August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM government affairs counsel Molly M. Gill today said that a new sentencing reform bill introduced in the U.S. Senate demonstrates growing bipartisan support for fixing federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The bill, S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act, is sponsored by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Senate Judiciary Committee … Read More

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Same Level of Safety for a Half-Billion Less; FAMM President Reacts to New Crack Guideline Retroactivity Report

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart released the following statement today in reaction to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s latest Preliminary Crack Retroactivity Data report:  Consider for a moment how proud members of Congress would be if they used the best available evidence and data to reform a federal program in a way that maintained all … Read More

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