FAMM Briefing on Sentencing Reform Provisions to the FIRST STEP Act

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Contact: Rabiah Burks

FAMM Briefing on Sentencing Reform Provisions to the FIRST STEP Act

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, August 22, FAMM will host a briefing with former federal prosecutors, sentencing law experts, and directly impacted advocates on how Congress can add meaningful sentencing reform provisions to the FIRST STEP Act.

Event:     Threading the Needle on Justice Reform: Adding Commonsense Sentencing Reforms to the FIRST STEP Act
When:     August 22, 2018, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where:    Senate Judiciary Committee Room, SD 226, 50 Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Speakers include:

  • Kenneth Polite, former U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana, and partner attorney, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • John Malcolm, former federal prosecutor and vice president, Institute for Constitutional Government, the Heritage Foundation
  • Shon Hopwood, professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Stephanie Nodd, advocate, Mobile, Ala.
  • Mandy Richards, advocate, Bristow, Va.
  • Kevin Ring, president of FAMM

Additional background: In May, the U.S. House passed the FIRST STEP Act by a vote of 360 to 59. The bill now awaits a vote in the Senate. Some Senate leaders have argued that any criminal justice reform bill considered by the Senate must include sentencing reform. Earlier this month, White House officials said President Trump expressed support for adding certain sentencing reform provisions to the FIRST STEP Act. With time running out in the 115th Congress, can lawmakers find agreement?

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Rabiah Burks at

FAMM is a nonpartisan, national advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice reforms to make our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM promotes change by raising the voices of families and individuals who are directly affected by counterproductive sentencing and prison policies.  

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