Washington — Mary Price, General Counsel for FAMM and long-time National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) member received NACDL’s Champion of Justice Restoration of Rights Award at the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice Gala in Philadelphia, PA, on August 2.
“Mary is the conscience of FAMM and an integral part of all of our work,” said FAMM President Kevin Ring. “We’re all so proud of her, and thrilled to see her recognized for her achievements.”
In addition to acting as FAMM’s general counsel, Price directs the FAMM Litigation Project and advocates for reform of federal sentencing and corrections law and policy before Congress, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Department of Justice. She also helped found and support Clemency Project 2014, where she worked closely with NACDL and other groups to support a major pro bono effort to secure commutations for federal inmates.
“Few can look back at their career and say, ‘I helped free dozens maybe hundreds, maybe even thousands of prisoners,’” said NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer. “In the fullness of time, as the First Step Act takes hold, and perhaps is replicated in the states, it is impossible to say how many people will owe their freedom – and the dignity of dying surrounded by loved ones instead of alone encased in cinder block and bars – to Mary Price.”
In nearly two decades at FAMM, Price has continually shown her dedication to restoring rights and second chances for prisoners, particularly in her efforts to implement compassionate release programs for the elderly and ill.
“It has been my privilege to work at FAMM for almost 19 years for policies that eliminate mandatory sentencing and create the means to look back and rescue prisoners serving sentences that can no longer be imposed – due to changes in the law, changes in charging policy, or because they are otherwise indefensible,” Price said during her acceptance speech.
“I cannot convey how gratifying it has been to secure the release of a prisoner I know the BOP would never have supported. This is the most satisfying work I have ever done, and the lawyers who take these cases say the very same thing.”
For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in six states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.
FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.