You’re invited to the year’s biggest federal sentencing reform event!-UPDATE

That is the subject line of the below e-mail, which I received from Families Against Mandatory Minimums’ Molly Gill earlier today. For those in the DC Area next week or able to travel, it’s a hearing worth attending:

We are excited to announce one of the biggest federal sentencing reform events of the year — and your presence is needed to make it a success.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. EST, the Senate Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress will meet in Washington, D.C., to hear from a panel of witnesses describing the need to reform federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. This hearing is important because it is the first step toward passing S. 619, the Justice Safety Valve Act, or S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act. If passed, either bill would bring big changes to federal mandatory minimum sentences.

We’re asking you to attend because it is vital that the U.S. Senators at the hearing see real people who oppose mandatory minimum sentences or are impacted by them. If you have a loved one in prison, please bring a picture of your loved one with you. During the hearing, you can hold the photo in your lap and show the U.S. Senators the human face of unjust mandatory sentencing laws.

Here are full details about the hearing:

WHAT:  Hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee: “Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences”

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. EST

WHERE:  Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226, Washington, D.C., 20002. Click here for a map.

RSVP to:  Molly Gill,, 202-822-6700

WHAT TO BRING: A picture of your incarcerated loved one, if you have one.

Please don’t forget to RSVP to, so that we know you are coming. We’ll send you another reminder about the event as it gets closer.

 Please join us to show the U.S. Senate that it’s time to reform federal mandatory minimum sentences!


 Molly Gill

Government Affairs Counsel, FAMM

Update: There is a link to a live Webcast of tomorrow’s hearing here.


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