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FAMM President Kevin Ring to testify at D.C. Council Hearing on Revised Criminal Code Act of 2021

Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273

FAMM President Kevin Ring to testify at D.C. Council Hearing on Revised Criminal Code Act of 2021


WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring will give testimony at the D.C. Council’s Thursday hearing on the Revised Criminal Code Act of 2021 on Thursday.

“There is not a jurisdiction in this country that wouldn’t benefit from this type of comprehensive review of its criminal statutes, and that includes Congress,” Ring said. “Criminal codes across the country are seemingly ever-expanding, and it’s rare to see any jurisdiction take the time and effort to review its code from top to bottom.

“We are particularly happy that the proposed code revision would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and expand the District’s Second Look law. We believe both of these reforms will enhance safety and justice. We need to move away from harsh, one-size-fits-all punishments and give more people the opportunity for a second chance.”

The hearing is Thursday, November 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and will be streamed online at

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 at the state and federal level 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.