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FAMM releases statement on DOJ’s investigation into Parchman
Parchman, Miss. – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice’s decision today to investigate the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for possible constitutional violations due to unsafe conditions.
“This is a victory for everyone in Mississippi and across the nation who took the time to call, rally and write the Department of Justice. It also a testament to resilience and bravery that the people in Parchman showed when they risked punishment when they shared videos and photos of the squalor in which they lived,” said Ring.
“This is great news, but we still have lots of work to do. Parchman is not the only prison in the state with these issues. It’s time to step up and create meaningful change in the lives of the people in Mississippi’s prisons.”
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 6 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.
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