For Immediate Release
FAMM Welcomes Conservative Coalition to Battle for Sentencing Reform
“Right on Crime” Leaders Hold Kickoff Press Conference Today
WASHINGTON - Julie
Stewart, founder and president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums,
today welcomed the launch of the Right on Crime campaign, a new project
aimed at building support for criminal justice reform, including
sentencing reform, among
conservative policymakers. The campaign is being sponsored by the Texas
Public Policy Foundation.
"I have never believed sentencing reform was a liberal or
conservative issue. The administration of justice is an American issue,
and our criminal justice system has become a national crisis. Now more
than ever, we need a united front to fix
our broken federal and state systems," said Stewart.
"I am grateful for the contribution that some of these
conservative leaders have played in recent years," Stewart continued.
Referring to the July 2010 enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act,
legislation that dramatically reduced the disparity
between crack and powder cocaine sentences and eliminated the mandatory
minimum for crack possession, Stewart said, "The crack bill would never
have become law without the support of people like Asa Hutchinson, Pat Nolan, Grover Norquist,
and David Keene.
"You see this dynamic in politics from time to time. It
took Nixon to open China; it took Clinton to sign welfare reform; and
it's going to take conservative policymakers to help us achieve real
criminal justice reform. That's why I am thrilled
about this new campaign and I look forward to working together with all
of the coalition's members in the months and years ahead," concluded
For more information on the Right on Crime campaign, visit the Texas Public Policy Foundation's website at
For more information on FAMM, visit
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Families Against Mandatory Minimums is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization supporting fair and proportionate sentencing laws that allow judicial discretion while maintaining public safety. For more information on FAMM, visit www.famm.org or contact Monica Pratt Raffanel at firstname.lastname@example.org.