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FAMM Applauds Gov. Baker, General Assembly for Passage of Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, April 13, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Applauds Gov. Baker, General Assembly for Passage of Criminal Justice Reform BOSTON – FAMM today congratulated Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts lawmakers for enacting a comprehensive criminal justice reform package. The new law, S. 2371, will make significant improvements to every phase of the criminal justice system, including sentencing … Read More

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FAMM: Reforms in New Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Going in the Right Direction

Monday, March 26, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM: Reforms in New Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Going in the Right Direction WASHINGTON – On March 23, Massachusetts House and Senate members of a conference committee released their agreed-upon version of S. 2371, a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill. If passed, the bill would repeal some of the state’s mandatory minimum sentences for low-level … Read More

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Medical Parole in Massachusetts: National Organizations Weigh In

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Medical Parole in Massachusetts: National Organizations Weigh In   Today, members of the Campaign for Compassionate Release, a national group of criminal justice reform, health policy, human rights, and faith-based organizations, sent a letter to Massachusetts’ legislators urging them to expand the use of medical parole. The Campaign was formed to … Read More

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FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package

Thursday, November 16, 2017

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package   BOSTON –  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a major criminal justice reform package (S.2200), which impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM is pleased that the House voted to repeal several low-level drug mandatory … Read More

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FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts Senate Criminal Justice Reform Package

Monday, October 30, 2017

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts Senate Criminal Justice Reform Package Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate passed 27-10 on S.2185, a major criminal justice reform package that impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM was pleased to see the bill eliminate a number of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, as well … Read More

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FAMM Urges Mass. Legislature to Adopt Sentencing Reform in Response to Supreme Court Ruling

Monday, October 17, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés lprunes@famm.org 202.822.6700   WASHINGTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) today urged the Massachusetts legislature to pass common sense sentencing reform in response to a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling last week that state law does not currently allow departures from mandatory minimum sentences. FAMM filed an amicus brief … Read More

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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, bdougan@famm.org 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

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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, bdougan@famm.org, or Mike Riggs, (202) 822-6700, mriggs@famm.org 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

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FAMM Applauds Massachusetts Criminal Justice Commission’s Recommendation to Repeal Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Offenses

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878 BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) congratulates the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Commission for today’s vote to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. “Public support for one-size-fits-all drug sentences is at an all-time low,” said Barbara J. Dougan, FAMM’s Massachusetts project director. “The last 30 years have shown that mandatory … Read More

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FAMM issues final report on Massachusetts candidates’ positions on mandatory minimum drug sentences

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

86% of respondents favor repeal or reform  BOSTON – Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has issued an updated report about candidates’ positions on Massachusetts’ drug sentencing laws. This version, prepared to educate voters ahead of the general election, details how the final slate of candidates for five major state races view mandatory minimum sentencing laws … Read More

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