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FAMM Calls For End To Over-Incarceration Binge; Joins Attorney General in Supporting Reduce Drug Sentencing Guidelines

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Contact:  202-822-6700  This morning, FAMM president, Julie Stewart, will testify at the U.S. Sentencing Commission in support of the Commission’s proposal to lower federal drug sentences by an average of 11 months.  Stewart points out that: FAMM strongly supports this amendment but it is a modest correction, not a major change in policy – people … Read More

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FAMM Hails Continued Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Reforms

Thursday, March 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  202-822-6700  Today, FAMM applauds the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of the Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act (S. 1675). The bipartisan bill, a compromise negotiated by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX), is anticipated to help alleviate overcrowding in federal prisons – now at 138 percent of their … Read More

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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Sentencing Reform Overhaul

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the first major reconsideration of federal mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws since the Nixon Administration. The Committee voted, 13-5, in support of S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Richard Durbin (D-IL). The Smarter Sentencing Act:  … Read More

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FAMM Cheers Justice Department Effort to Grant More Clemency

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General James Cole, in prepared remarks to the New York State Bar Association, asked lawyers and prison officials to assist federal prisoners serving lengthy sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses with requesting commutations (sentence reductions) from President Barack Obama. In particular, Cole emphasized the administration’s … Read More

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Update: Burrage Supreme Court Case Decided

Monday, January 27, 2014

It’s unanimous: U.S. Supreme Court overturns federal conviction and the 20-year mandatory minimum that went with it. Federal law calls for harsh mandatory minimum sentences for distributing drugs. These five- and ten-year sentences are imposed when a person is convicted of selling specific drug quantities. In some case, federal law requires courts to dramatically enhance … Read More

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Update from the U.S. Sentencing Commission

Thursday, January 9, 2014

On January 9, the U.S. Sentencing Commission held a public meeting and voted to publish proposed changes (“amendments”) to the federal sentencing guidelines, which are used in all federal criminal cases. One of the proposed amendments would reduce the sentencing guidelines for federal drug trafficking offenses by two base offense levels, for all types of … Read More

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FAMM Welcomes New Grants of Commutations and Pardons, Urges Broader Reform

Thursday, December 19, 2013

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –FAMM founder and president Julie Stewart today welcomed the announcement that President Barack Obama has granted commutations (sentence reductions) to eight people, including FAMM members Stephanie George, Clarence Aaron, Ezell Gilbert, and Reynolds Wintersmith. FAMM has been a vocal advocate for reform of the Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA) and for greater … Read More

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FAMM Statement: Thanksgiving Calls for More than Turkey Pardons from President Obama

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, FAMM founder and president Julie Stewart issued the following statement calling on President Barack Obama to grant more commutations (sentence reductions) to federal prisoners, rather than merely issuing another the annual presidential pardons to Thanksgiving turkeys: “This administration has taken a bold stand against excessive mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, … Read More

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Urban Institute Report Finds Substantial Cost Savings in Modest Mandatory Sentencing Reforms

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAMM general counsel, Mary Price, said a new nonpartisan report published today shows that modest mandatory minimum sentencing law reform could save billions of taxpayer dollars, funding which would be better spent on federal programs and personnel that target violent crime. The report, published by the Urban Institute, provides conservative estimates of … Read More

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