Pending Bills

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

As reform bills are introduced in Congress, FAMM’s summaries and positions on them will be posted below.

We stand ready to help members of Congress on the following kinds of sentencing and prison reforms:

Resources for Congressional staff:

FAMM’s Mandatory Minimum Briefing Book

To change federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws, the U.S. Congress must pass new legislation. To help sentencing reform bills become law, FAMM meets regularly with Members of Congress and their staffs and provides them with data, resources, analysis and advice, stories of impacted people, and assistance with drafting reforms. When asked, FAMM and its supporters testify before Congress and its committees. Get involved to support our reform efforts today!

To become a law, a sentencing reform bill must first be introduced by a Member of Congress, then reviewed by the Judiciary Committee, passed by both Houses of Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate), and signed by the President. This can be a lengthy and difficult process. Sometimes, reform bills do not become law for several years. Each session of Congress lasts two years. Any bill that does not become a law in that two-year period “dies” at the end of that time – which means the process to make that bill a law has to start all over again from scratch in the next Congress. Our current Congress is in session until December 31, 2018. Learn more about how a bill becomes a law.