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Sentencing Reform

To learn about sentencing in the states in which we’re working please visit our states page.

States Where We Are Working

“Let the punishment fit the crime.” — W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado

Decades of evidence show that lengthy, mandatory sentences do not reduce crime, but impose high economic and social costs on taxpayers and families. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws also tend to create unwarranted disparities by treating similar offenders differently and different offenders the same. FAMM believes that judges should have the authority to consider all the relevant facts and circumstances of a crime and an individual before imposing a fair punishment.

New to federal sentencing? FAMM has created an easy to understand guide. Check out the link below, and read all about our federal sentencing reform work.

Read FAMM’s Sentencing For Beginners

Quick Facts: Sentencing Reform

Sentencing Reform at the Federal Level

FAMM is promoting federal mandatory minimum sentencing reforms in the 115th Congress, which begins on January 3, 2017, and runs until December 31, 2018.

Learn more about current bills in Congress that FAMM supports and opposes

FAMM participates in the guideline amendment process by testifying before the USSC, providing feedback and analysis of proposed changes, and meeting with USSC commissioners and staff.

Learn more about the U.S. Sentencing Commission and its impact on reform

Occasionally, FAMM will get involved in appeals which include legal challenges to sentencing laws, including mandatory minimums. We work with outside lawyers to prepare and file a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief, which the Supreme Court reads when deciding the case (and sometimes they even cite it in the opinion).

Learn more about appellate court cases and amicus briefs FAMM is involved in