Advocating for the just and humane treatment of those who are incarcerated.
12/8/17 The 2018 legislative session starts next month, and this week is the last committee week of the year. There was some movement on an important sentencing reform bill and I wanted to give you an update on where things stand. SB 694, by Senator Jeff Brandes, would allow judges to depart from mandatory minimums […]
On Wednesday, March 30, President Obama commuted the sentences of 61 federal prisoners, four of whom are FAMM members. This brings the total number of commutations during the Obama administration to 248. At FAMM’s 25th anniversary celebration last week, White House counsel, Neil Eggleston, shared the president’s commitment to the clemency initiative. Mr. Eggleston advises […]
November 4, 2015 Bernie Sanders via Daily Kos Today in America, shamefully, we have more people in jail than any other country on earth. The United States is home to 4.4 percent of the world’s population, and 22 percent of its prisoners. A big reason for this is because companies that profit from prisons have […]
April 26, 2014 Julie Stewart President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Well Done Congress, Now Make Fair Sentencing Act Retroactive! Yesterday, President Obama changed history once again by signing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 into law, reforming the notorious “100-to-1” ratio between crack and powder cocaine into a fairer 18-to-1 ratio and repealing a […]
Eric Holder 82nd Atty Gen From FAMILIES AGAINST MANDATORY MINIMUMS Today was a historic day in our fight for smarter sentencing laws! For the first time in the 20+ years I have been at this, the U.S. Department of Justice has admitted our arguments are right and that eliminating some mandatory minimums will make us safer. […]
The ‘People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM)’ are waging a political battle to legalize marijuana for medical usage by circulating a petition to place a constitutional amendment on Florida’s November 2010 ballot. To date, thirteen states have enacted medical marijuana laws. The Florida Dept. of Elections has approved the petition and the group is in the process of collecting 68,000 signatures for […]