Massachusetts - FAMM


In 2017, each chamber of the Massachusetts legislature passed their own criminal justice reform package. Both packages included sentencing reform as well as proposals to introduce medical parole in the Commonwealth. A conference committee was appointed in December 2017 to reconcile the differences between the two bills and put forth legislation to be decided on in 2018.

2018 Laws and Policy

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Massachusetts

You can do several things to work toward reforming Massachusetts’ sentencing laws.

Latest News:

New Poll Shows Broad Support for Repealing Massachusetts Drug Mandatory Minimums

Thursday, December 3, 2015

FAMM says it’s time for legislature to act MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878, BOSTON – By a nearly three-to-one margin, Massachusetts’s voters support repealing mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenders, according to a new poll released today by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). The poll, conducted by Suffolk University’s Political Research Center, … Read More

Read More

FAMM Testifies Before Mass. Judiciary Committee on Need to Repeal Harsh Drug Sentencing Laws

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mandatory minimums prevent addicts from getting treatment; public safety and state budget better protected when sentences fit the crime MEDIA Contact: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878,, or Mike Riggs, (202) 822-6700, BOSTON – Today Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) will testify before the legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee in support of bills to repeal harsh “one … Read More

Read More

FAMM Applauds SJC for Protecting Drug Lab Defendants Who Challenge Their Convictions

Monday, May 18, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, BOSTON – Today, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that defendants whose cases were handled by convicted former drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan cannot face either more serious charges or longer sentences than prosecutors agreed to in the original plea agreement, if they challenge their convictions based on Dookhan’s … Read More

Read More