FAMM President: Time to Reform ‘Stupid’ Federal Sentencing Laws


Federal anti-crime programs are wasteful and “stupid,” Julie Stewart, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums writes in The Hill. While states are making money-saving changes in sentencing protocols, federal courts forge ahead with draconian sentences–for drug offenses, for example. Stewart writes, “This isn't tough on crime — it's just stupid.”

Stewart says she is encouraged that some elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), are supporting reforms. Stewart concludes, “Most encouraging, the American public gets it. When asked by Pew if they agree with the statement, ‘Some of the money that we are spending on locking up low-risk, nonviolent inmates should be shifted to strengthening community corrections programs like probation and parole,’ a remarkable 85 percent of voters agreed. It's time to stop wasting money on anti-crime programs and policies that don't keep us safe, but make our tax bills higher.”

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