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FAMM releases statement following Senate introduction of the First Step Implementation Act
WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in support of the Senate introduction of the First Step Implementation Act.
“The First Step Act helped thousands of people get shorter, fairer sentences. But as its name made clear, it was just a start,” Ring sad. “Too many people were left behind simply because of the date they were sentenced. This bill would reunite them with their families sooner by making the First Step Act’s reforms retroactive.
“We are excited that this bill would provide judges an opportunity to re-sentence youth serving extreme sentences in federal prisons. FAMM believes that everyone deserves a second chance, and that is particularly true of children who commit crimes. We are grateful to see this legislation introduced and hope that Congress can pass these common-sense reforms.”
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.