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ICE and Trump supporters outside Phoenix ICE Field Office
People show support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and President Donald Trump outside the Phoenix ICE Field Office on July 10, 2018.

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Dear aicap,

In June, we alerted you that the House of Representatives was considering the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly known as the Farm Bill) that included an amendment to permanently bar people with certain criminal records from receiving food stamps—creating more barriers for people trying to reintegrate into society. Within 24 hours, over 400 of you contacted your representative urging them to oppose this measure. Thank you! Unfortunately, the House did pass the legislation by a vote of 213 to 211, but the Senate version of the bill does not include the ban. We will keep you updated over the next several weeks as the chambers work to reconcile the bills.

Below are other important resources I want to bring to your attention:

  • Felony Disenfranchisement Litigation – Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that Florida’s process for restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions was unconstitutional. The state appealed the ruling and the appellate court will hear arguments on July 25th. The Sentencing Project filed an amicus brief underscoring the punitive and arbitrary nature of the restoration process, and contending that disenfranchisement is counterproductive to effective reentry.
  • Life With Parole Litigation – We also filed an amicus brief in support of Jacob Davis, who is serving a life-with-parole sentence in Tennessee for a homicide committed at the age of 18. Because Tennessee requires individuals to serve 51 years in prison before a first parole hearing, Davis argues that his sentence is effectively life without parole. The Sentencing Project provided expert testimony in the case in addition to our amicus, noting that Tennessee has the longest mandatory minimum sentence for a parole-eligible life sentences, and that Davis is unlikely to live long enough to appear at his first parole hearing, scheduled for 2049.
  • Trends In U.S. Corrections – We’ve also recently updated our graphic overview of key criminal justice data, Trends in U.S. Corrections. This fact sheet provides information on incarceration, drug policy, race and ethnicity, gender, felony disenfranchisement and other trends over the past several decades.

I hope you find this information useful in your work.


Marc Mauer
Executive Director 


The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.






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Former Atlanta Prison Guard Sentenced for Bribery
U.S. News & World Report
A guard at the federal prison in Atlanta was sentenced to prison for accepting ... Federal prosecutors said in a news release Tuesday that 40-year-old ... day in federal prison for smuggling tobacco into the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.


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Nevada to become first state to execute inmate with fentanyl
The Guardian
Questions raised about whether the state's department of corrections broke the law to obtain the drug, which is at the heart of the US opioid epidemic.

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Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Whose Case Inspired Wildlife Refuge Takeover
New York Times
“The Hammonds are multigeneration cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked ... That is good news.” ... “Pardoning the Hammonds sends a dangerous message to America's park rangers, wildland ...

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Trump Slams Countries with Official Sanctions for Refusing To Take Back Deported Citizens
The Western Journal
... Laos with visa sanctions as punishment for both countries' refusal to take back their citizens the U.S. is trying to deport, the Department of Homeland ...

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Dear Aicap,

FAMM always brings a unique perspective to important criminal law cases before the Supreme Court that could have an impact on sentencing law. This term was no exception. We filed amicus, a/k/a friend of the court briefs in Koons v. U.S. and Rosales-Mireles v. U.S.

In Koons, the court considered whether a defendant who had received a substantial assistance departure below the mandatory minimum could also get the benefit of a retroactive sentencing guideline reduction. We argued that mandatory minimums interfere with discretionary, flexible sentencing; give prosecutors the power to determine a sentence, which sometimes results in tremendous injustice; and fail to deter offenders, reduce crime, or induce cooperation. Referring to our many members in prison and their loved ones, we told the court how detrimental mandatory minimums are to both the community and our trust in the criminal justice system.

Unfortunately, the court ruled against Mr. Koons, saying that retroactive reductions can only be applied when the defendant is sentenced based on a federal sentencing guideline. FAMM was deeply disappointed, but we will continue to argue in favor of smarter sentencing.

Fortunately, in Rosales-Mireles, we were on the winning side. The case asked whether an appeals court should correct an error which resulted in a sentence that was several months longer for the defendant. Our brief argued that even small amounts of time erroneously spent in prison are harmful and "any error which produces a longer prison sentence has constitutional significance." We brought the court three voices of prisoners and former prisoners to make our case; and we won!

You can read our briefs and longer descriptions of these cases on our Supreme Court page. Thank you for your support.



Mary Price
General Counsel, FAMM

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Canadians to Trump: Don't mess with us
“Me, I think the pressure has to come from inside the U.S.,” he says. ... The Canadian embassy held a party anyway, where Moore spotted Chrystia ...

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Kim Dotcom loses US extradition battle
Newstalk ZB
Kim Dotcom is eligible to be extradited to the United States of America, the ... 20 lawyers from New Zealand, United States, Canada, Hong Kong and ...

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Coalition for Prisoners Rights Newsletter June 2018

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Canadian tariffs do not help Canada, just hurt US workers: White House
Yahoo News
"Escalating tariffs against the United States does nothing to help Canada; it only hurts American workers," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders ...

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Easton native Roger Ross Williams talks about latest film, 'American Jail,' debuting on CNN tonight

Allentown Morning Call
Growing up in Easton, nothing stood taller than the jail on the hill. It was a “beautiful, medieval castle” where many men who Roger Ross Williams ...

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Inside Tuscan: the other no-fly list Canada didn't tell you about
The Guardian
Tuscan stands for “Tipoff US/Canada”, and dates back to 1997. Despite ... information on individuals as prior visa refusals and federal arrest warrants”.

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Trudeau calls Trump 2 days before Canadian tariffs take effect to say Canada 'had no choice' but to act
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:37:11 EDT
Two days before Canada's retaliatory tariffs against U.S. steel, aluminum and some consumer goods are set to take effect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump by phone explaining Canada had no choice but to act.

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Deport, not court? We're already doing that on the border

Los Angeles Times
Many Americans were outraged by President Trump's recent tweet saying that people seeking to enter the United States should be deported “with no ...

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Stephen Harper expected to meet Trump's top economic adviser in Washington amid trade tensions

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Senior Ice lawyer sentenced to prison for stealing immigrants' identities
The Guardian
Senior Ice lawyer sentenced to prison for stealing immigrants' identities ... “Sanchez carried the heavy responsibility of speaking for the American ...

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May was a big month for the national justice reform movement. President Trump held the first-ever Prison Reform Summit at the White House. Prison Fellowship® was honored to be in attendance to hear the stories of formerly incarcerated people alongside the president, vice president, and other prominent leaders who were calling for opportunities for redemption and second chances. The momentum continued the following week on May 22 when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FIRST STEP Act with a tremendous vote of 360-59!
Thousands of advocates like you sent a letter through our website asking members of Congress to support the FIRST STEP Act (formerly known as the Prison Reform and Redemption Act)—and they listened. Thanks to your continued resolve and persistent advocacy, the needle is moving on criminal justice reform.
The FIRST STEP Act passing the House is a significant step forward for the 180,000 men and women in the federal prison system. The act aims to expand recidivism-reducing programs for these men and women and increase earned- and good-time credit opportunities so people can come home to their families sooner.
But the work is not over.
The bill is at the Senate now. President Trump has said he will sign the bill if the Senate passes it. But, the bill faces opposition from both sides—those who think the bill goes too far, and those who think it doesn’t go far enough. Meanwhile, the well-being of thousands of incarcerated men and women and their loved ones hangs in the balance.
Help move the FIRST STEP Act forward now.
This is the most critical stage of this historic moment. We are hopeful that—with your partnership and prayer—the FIRST STEP Act will pass the Senate and make its way to the president.
Will you put your faith into action? You can send a letter to your senators in less than 2 minutes. Write your senators today.
Thank you for partnering with us to advance justice that restores.
Craig DeRoche
Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy
Additional Resources and Opportunities
Join Prison Fellowship and our partners at the "Families for Justice Reform Now Rally" at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on July 10th at 2 p.m. Let’s be a witness for the men and women behind bars who need relief now!
Review the final House vote results on the FIRST STEP Act. You can thank your representative for voting “yes” (or express your disappointment if they voted “no”) by using our easy online tool here.
Review Prison Fellowship’s press release applauding the U.S. House of Representatives for their strong bipartisan passage of the FIRST STEP Act.
Prison Fellowship
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'Call Girl Killer' Faces Extradition From Canada To Face New Murder Charge
Oxygen (blog)
“The District Attorney's Office will be working with Canadian authorities to arrest and extradite Tichelman back to the United States to face those ...

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