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FAMM announces Moses Cook as new President

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 FAMM announces Moses Cook as new President

Cook brings over two decades of experience in criminal justice reform to FAMM


WASHINGTON
 – FAMM (formerly Families Against Mandatory Minimums) is honored to announce Moses Cook as its new president after a nationwide search. Cook begins his position today, February 5, 2024, and will bring his two decades of experience in the field of criminal justice reform to FAMM’s leadership team.

Cook is a legal educator who has dedicated his career to training others to become lifelong advocates for justice, and his leadership experience in criminal justice reform includes positions at Rising for Justice, DC Justice Lab (formerly DC Law Students in Court), The George Washington University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center’s E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program. He received his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

“I firmly believe that our work at FAMM is exceptionally critical in the current landscape of criminal justice reform in the United States,” said Cook. “To me, FAMM’s advocacy is not just about altering policies, it’s about transforming lives and shaping a criminal justice system that reflects the values of accountability, dignity, and fairness. As FAMM has always done, I pledge to help our team share stories and insights from our members that illustrate the real impact of excessive sentences on individuals, families, and communities.”

Cook will be FAMM’s third president throughout its 33-year history. He will step into the role that has been filled by Interim President Roxana Rincones since Kevin Ring’s departure in June 2023.

Ring said, “Moses is the right person to lead FAMM. He is smart, compassionate, and committed to justice for all. I know the ‘FAMMily’ will embrace him, and I can’t wait to see what the organization accomplishes under his leadership.”

FAMM founder Julie Stewart said, “I am thrilled that Moses is the new FAMM president — Moses’ experience aligns beautifully with FAMM’s work and vision. His lifetime of compassion for those who bump up against the criminal justice system means his heart is fully engaged with our mission and our members. I have no doubt that he will take FAMM to new levels as we continue to advocate for people facing long prison sentences. Moses has the full and enthusiastic support of the FAMM board, and I know that the FAMM membership will also wholeheartedly support him as he tackles sentencing policies with new ideas and fresh energy.”

Since FAMM’s founding in 1991, it has helped more than half a million people receive shorter, fairer prison sentences. FAMM and its advocates have also helped reduce the nation’s prison population by approximately 200,000 people and reduce racial disparities in sentencing, bringing the nation’s Black prison population to its lowest level since 1989.

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FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safely reduce incarceration, save taxpayer dollars, and keep families together. Founded in 1991, FAMM has secured bold sentencing and prison reform across the country while elevating the voices of directly impacted individuals and families.

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