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FAMM General Counsel Mary Price to testify in front of Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Committee
SALEM – FAMM General Counsel Mary Price will testify in front of Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of legislation to improve compassionate medical release on Tuesday, February 8.
“Oregon’s early medical release program has failed the very people it was designed to help,” Price said. “Despite having the means for early medical release, practically no one in Oregon’s prisons benefits from it — just eight people were released between 2013 and 2020. Senate Bill 1568 would give seriously ill and dying Oregonians a true opportunity for compassionate release.”
Price is the author of “Everywhere and Nowhere: Compassionate Release in the States,” based on comprehensive research into the medical and compassionate release programs across the United States. FAMM maintains memos on every state’s compassionate release program on its website.
For more than 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 has led the fight to reform extreme mandatory sentencing laws and to promote rehabilitation and dignity for all people in prison, 94 percent of whom will return to our neighborhoods one day.
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.