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Will elections lead to sentencing reform? November 8, 2008

Posted by FairSentencing in : Current News , trackback

How late were you up watching election returns the other night?  After a campaign season that seemed to last forever, I am relieved that it is behind us.  I am also hopeful that the results of this election can lead to meaningful sentencing reform in Congress and in many states.

Of course, we don’t know exactly what to expect from the incoming Obama administration, but we think the tide in Washington and elsewhere is beginning to turn in our favor.  More and more leaders are taking stands in favor of individualized justice and against the ineffective approach of one-size-fits-all sentencing.

FAMM will be contacting the transition team tasked with setting up the new Obama administration in hopes of making sentencing reform a national priority. We could use your help in this effort.  Please consider sending a letter or email congratulating President-elect Obama, and urge him to end one-size-fits-all federal sentencing policies.  Don’t worry – our action center will provide you with a sample letter and tell you where to send your letter.

During the past year, FAMM achieved some hard won and long overdue changes to federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine.  We hope to keep this momentum going with the new administration and the new Congress next year to achieve more mandatory minimum reform.

As we documented in our recent report, Correcting Course , Congress and the White House have demonstrated bipartisan cooperation on sentencing reform in the past.  We are hopeful that we are approaching another tipping point now.  This is an exciting time to be a member of FAMM!

Warmest regards,

Julie Stewart
Families Against Mandatory Minimums

P.S. – Individual supporters like you are the lifeblood of FAMM, and that’s why I want you to know that there has never been a better opportunity for real sentencing reform. Through December 31, all donations to FAMM will be matched, dollar for dollar, by two generous FAMM supporters.  Click here to make a secure online donation, or send a check or money order to FAMM, 1612 K St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20006Your contribution will really make a difference. If you have given recently, please accept our deepest thanks.



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