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Prison Fellowship Founder Honored With Task Force

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee has approved the FY 2014 spending bill that funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice. An exciting part of the funding bill would provide $1 million for the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a 9-member panel that would review the federal prison system’s … Read More

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FAMM: Marissa Alexander Case Shows Need to Reform 10-20-Life Law

Friday, July 19, 2013

GAINESVILLE, FL. — FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) Florida Project Director Greg Newburn today called on Florida lawmakers to prohibit the application of the state’s “10-20-Life” mandatory minimum gun sentence law in self-defense cases.  “A lot of attention has been paid to Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and far too little to the state’s extreme, … Read More

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Appropriations Pushes BOP on Compassionate Release

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM Vice President and General Counsel Mary Price today saluted the House Appropriations Committee for including language in its fiscal year (FY) 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations report that urges the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to make better use of its authority to grant compassionate release to more federal prisoners. FAMM has … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Sentencing Reform in Oregon

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart today saluted Oregonian legislative leaders for approving a bipartisan criminal justice bill that will improve public safety and save taxpayers $326 million over the next ten years. The state senate passed the measure yesterday. Governor John Kizhaber, who strongly supported sentencing and prison reform, is expected to sign … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Sentencing Reform in Oregon

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

On July 2, FAMM President Julie Stewart saluted Oregonian legislative leaders for approving a bipartisan criminal justice bill that will improve public safety and save taxpayers $326 million over the next ten years. The state senate passed the measure yesterday. Governor John Kizhaber, who strongly supported sentencing and prison reform, is expected to sign the … Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Alleyne v. United States: Only Jury Can Find Facts that Trigger Mandatory Minimums

Monday, June 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court shook up mandatory minimum sentencing, extending the protection of the Sixth Amendment’s right to trial by jury to all defendants facing enhanced mandatory minimum sentences.  In Alleyne v. United States, a 5-4 majority held that any fact that triggers any mandatory minimum sentence is an “element” of the … Read More

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Look in the Mirror, Congress

Friday, June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM President Julie Stewart released the following statement this morning as the new bipartisan Task Force on Overcriminalization in the U.S. House of Representatives kicked off its first hearing: “When I learned first learned that House Judiciary Committee leaders planned to create the new Overcriminalization Task Force, I was cautiously optimistic. I … Read More

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Sixth Circuit Crack Retroactivity Ruling Appealed

Monday, June 3, 2013

Two weeks ago, we gave you the good news that two judges of a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA) is retroactive.  People sentenced to the old crack cocaine mandatory minimums before August 3, 2010, in the states the Sixth Circuit covers, could … Read More

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