Popular Television News and Drama Programs to Discuss Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in January 12/26/03

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According to a bulletin distributed by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the CBS 60 Minutes news magazine and the NBC drama The West Wing will highlight mandatory minimum sentencing laws as well as FAMM itself:

On January 4, 60 Minutes will air Ed Bradley’s investigation of recent attacks on judicial discretion and the effects of mandatory sentencing. FAMM member Brenda Valencia, who served a 10-year federal mandatory minimum sentence, and Eric Sterling, FAMM board member (and DRCNet advisory board member, were interviewed for it.

On January 14, in an episode of The West Wing, President Bartlett will consider, just before the State of the Union address, whether to veto a popular bill that happens to contain an amendment limiting judicial discretion, as well as whether to commute the sentences of certain drug offenders. Reportedly, there is a scene in which Bartlett speaks with FAMM's president -- though the fictional FAMM president, unlike Julie Stewart, is a man.

Visit http://www.famm.org for further information.

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