Sentencing News

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January 3, 2017

Kevin Ring Is New FAMM President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2017 Contact: Lani Prunés 202.621.5066   Kevin Ring Is New FAMM President WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM founder Julie Stewart today announced that Kevin Ring has officially become president of the nonprofit sentencing reform organization. Ring began working for FAMM in 2008 and served as the group’s vice president. Stewart, who… Read more »

December 23, 2016

Year-end Review: Sentencing Reform in Congress in 2016 and Beyond

The 114th Congress has ended, and members of both houses of Congress have gone home for the holidays. This means there will be no bills passed or votes taken in Congress until they come back to work on January 3, 2017. That will be the start of the 115th Congress. Sadly, no sentencing or prison… Read more »

December 19, 2016

Iowan Mandy Martinson Comes Home for the Holidays!

On December 2, 2016, long-time FAMM supporter Mandy Martinson returned home to Iowa after receiving a commutation from President Barack Obama. NBC News was there to capture her homecoming, which you can watch and read about below. Mandy served 12 years of a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence for a low-level drug offense, and she is… Read more »

December 13, 2016

FAMM Offers Assistance to Trump Administration on Criminal Justice Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunes,, 202-822-6700  FAMM Offers Assistance to Trump Administration on Criminal Justice Reform WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM Vice President Kevin Ring today sent a letter to the transition office of President-elect Donald Trump in which he said the group looked forward to the opportunity to work with the new administration… Read more »

November 28, 2016

Giving Tuesday

  Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day to give. With your support, FAMM can keep telling the stories of prisoners who are serving ridiculously long and unfair sentences for low-level crimes, like Robyn Hamilton. FAMM fights 365 days a year to restore sentencing justice in this country, so people like Robyn don’t rot in prison…. Read more »

November 23, 2016

He Was Supposed to Die in Prison

Yesterday President Obama granted 79 more commutations to federal prisoners, including some who were serving life sentences. They will join people like FAMM member Evans Ray, who was sentenced to die in prison but instead received a commutation last August. Evans will be at home to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time in 12 years. Watch this video… Read more »