FAMM's founder and president, Julie Stewart, started FAMM back in 1991, the first year that the U.S. Sentencing Commission released a report studying the impact of mandatory minimums. So, 20 years later, what does Julie think of the Commission's new report on mandatory minimum sentences?
This opinion editorial over at the Huffington Post has her response. To sum it up:
Twenty years ago, the U.S. Sentencing Commission concluded that mandatory minimums were not the efficient, anti-crime tool their proponents had suggested. Over the past two decades, tens of thousands of families across the country have learned the hard way, watching fathers, brothers, and other loved ones sentenced to exceedingly harsh prison terms. The Sentencing Commission is back with a new report that echoes many of its original, strong criticisms. Maybe this time Congress will learn something -- and will move to repeal these unjust, ineffective laws.