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FAMM Statement on Florida Department of Corrections Budget Shortfall

Monday, May 7, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Statement on Florida Department of Corrections Budget Shortfall Tallahassee – FAMM Director of State Policy Greg Newburn issued the following statement on proposed budget cuts to transitional housing, drug-treatment programs, and reentry services to make up for a nearly $30 million Department of Corrections budget deficit: “For years FAMM … Read More

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FAMM Hails Introduction of Drug Mandatory Minimum Reform Bill in Florida

Monday, October 30, 2017

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Hails Introduction of Drug Mandatory Minimum Reform Bill in Florida Tallahassee, Fla. – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) State Policy Director Greg Newburn today cheered the introduction of a reform to Florida’s mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws. Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Rep. Ben Diamond (D-St. Petersburg) filed … Read More

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Eric Patrick Wright Didn’t Get Justice—and He’s Not Alone

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Eric Patrick Wright Didn’t Get Justice—and He’s Not Alone   WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) President Kevin Ring responded to a Florida appeals court’s decision yesterday to uphold Eric Patrick Wright’s 20-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. Wright fired a gun at the ground when an ex-girlfriend barged into his … Read More

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Conservative Coalition Supports Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform in Florida

Friday, March 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Greg Newburn gnewburn@famm.org 352.682.2542 Conservative Coalition Supports Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform in Florida  TALLAHASSEE—A coalition of leading national and state conservative groups today sent a letter to Florida House and Senate leadership in support of mandatory minimum drug sentencing reforms that are currently under consideration in the legislature. The letter was … Read More

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FAMM Hails Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

Friday, February 10, 2017

For Immediate Release Contact: Greg Newburn, FAMM State Policy Director gnewburn@famm.org; 352.682.2542     FAMM Hails Drug Sentencing Reform Bill GAINESVILLE, Fla. – FAMM today praised the introduction of legislation designed to reform Florida’s sentencing laws. HB 731, introduced by Representative Katie Edwards (D, Plantation), builds on sentencing reform legislation Representative Edwards passed in 2014. … Read More

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FAMM Celebrates Historic 10-20-Life Reform

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT:Greg Newburn, FAMM State Policy Director: gnewburn@famm.org; 352.682.2542 TALLAHASSEE – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today applauded Florida Governor Rick Scott for signing CS/SB 228, which repeals the mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated assault with a firearm. The bill was sponsored by Representatives Neil Combee (R, Polk) and Katie Edwards (D, Plantation) in the … Read More

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums Praises “Self-Defense Protection Act”

Friday, September 4, 2015

MEDIA Contact: Greg Newburn, FAMM State Policy Director, (352) 682-2542 TALLAHASSEE – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) State Policy Director Greg Newburn urged Florida lawmakers to support the “Self-Defense Protection Act,” filed yesterday by Representative Neil Combee (R, Polk City) and Senator Aaron Bean (R, Jacksonville). The bill – HB 135 and SB 228 – … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Governor Scott Signing Threatened Use of Force Act

Friday, June 20, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Newburn, (202) 822-6700, gnewburn@famm.orgFAMM MEMBER CONTACT: Andrea Strong, (202) 822-6700, famm@famm.org FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) today applauds Florida Gov. Rick Scott for signing HB 89, the “Threatened Use of Force Act.” This bill provides immunity for the threatened use of force in situations where the actual use of force is already justified under … Read More

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Florida Legislature Reforms Prescription Drug Trafficking Sentences

Friday, April 11, 2014

By a vote of 113-2, the Florida House passed a bill today aimed at reducing the number of people subjected to mandatory minimums for prescription drug offenses. The House vote follows the Florida Senate’s passage of SB 360 in late March. “This common sense bill is a step forward in addressing the demand side of … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Florida House Passage of Threatened Use of Force Act

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Contact: Greg Newburn, Florida director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, gnewburn@famm.org The Threatened Use of Force Act passed the Florida House early Thursday evening. HB 89 provides legal protection for persons who threaten to use force—such as by firing warning shots—in situations in which deadly force is already protected by Florida law.  “HB 89 addresses a glaring hole in … Read More

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