Post Date: July 11, 2017
Contact: Rabiah Burks
Shon Hopwood Joins FAMM Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Shon Hopwood, associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center, will join the organization’s board of directors. Hopwood is best known for his remarkable personal transformation; he spent more than a decade in federal prison for a series of armed bank robberies, then went on to a successful law career. Hopwood’s exceptional life story embodies FAMM values.
“Shon is a walking advertisement for sentencing and prison reform. His story is amazing, and his experience is instructive. He is a passionate and intelligent advocate for commonsense reform, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on our team,” said Ring.
“I am thrilled to join FAMM’s board of directors and the wonderful people there who are committed to making our criminal justice practices more just and effective,” Hopwood said. “I first read about FAMM’s advocacy work while in federal prison and it gave me hope. After seeing FAMM in action, I jumped at the chance to join its mission.”
Hopwood has been speaking out in favor of sentencing and prison reform since leaving prison. His efforts will be invaluable to FAMM as the organization fights to create policies that improve the lives of people who are incarcerated or reintegrating into society.
During his time in prison, he wrote a successful petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a fellow inmate. After his release, Hopwood went on to receive his J.D. as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar from the University of Washington School of Law. He then served as a law clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His articles have been published in the Atlantic.com, the Seattle Times, and the Huffington Post. He provided written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of federal sentencing reform, and he recently participated in a prison reform briefing on Capitol Hill that was co-hosted by FAMM.
FAMM, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, promotes commonsense sentencing and prison policies that increase public safety.
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