Sentencing News

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January 12, 2018

Oliver B.’s Story: Prison Is the Wolf That Scatters Sheep

My brother has served 25 years of a mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. John is now 70 years old with no prospects of being released. The impact of outdated sentencing laws is not only tying the hands of our federal judicial system, but also continues to have detrimental consequences on families, including… Read more »


January 12, 2018

Chris Young: “Barely on the Totem Pole” and Life in Prison

The judge at Chris Young’s trial described his life sentence as “way out of whack.” The absurdity of his punishment is matched, though, by the fierce passion for self-improvement and education that drives Chris now, even as he is doomed to die behind bars. His is a remarkable story.  There was something unusual going on… Read more »


January 9, 2018

Medical Parole in Massachusetts: National Organizations Weigh In

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 »


December 22, 2017

Katie Hoyle: A Second Chance at College … And Life

Four years ago this month, Katie Hoyle finally walked free out of prison. Now, she’s planning to walk across the stage of Iowa State University in the spring of 2018 to receive her college degree. Almost 25 years ago, Katie Hoyle headed off to the University of Iowa for freshman year. She had ranked fourth… Read more »


December 21, 2017

FAMM Statement on the Commutation of Sholom Rubashkin’s Sentence

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Statement on the Commutation of Sholom Rubashkin’s Sentence   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s decision to commute the federal prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin: We are pleased that President Trump used his constitutional authority to commute Mr. Rubashkin’s sentence. The… Read more »


December 14, 2017

Calvin Bryant: 17 Years for a First Offense

  Beloved by friends, family, teachers, and co-workers, Calvin Bryant is now serving 17 years for a first-time offense. His sentence was grossly enhanced by Tennessee’s harsh and unfair drug-free school zone law. In 2009, Calvin Bryant was convicted of selling drugs and sentenced to 17 years in Tennessee state prison. He was a first-time… Read more »


December 12, 2017

FAMM Testimony on BOP Halfway House Closures and Limited Use of Compassionate Release

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Testimony on BOP Halfway House Closures  and Limited Use of Compassionate Release   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring submitted testimony today to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform outlining the group’s concerns with the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) recent decision to close more than a dozen… Read more »