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FAMM Statement on DOJ’s Decision to Rescind the Sessions’ Memo

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FAMM Statement on DOJ’s Decision to Rescind the Sessions’ Memo

WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it was rescinding the charging memo issued by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

We are pleased to see the administration move so quickly on withdrawing that misguided memo. One of our requests to the Biden transition team and new administration was to get rid of Sessions’ charging memo, and they did. We look forward to new guidance from the department that prioritizes just outcomes rather than simply racking up convictions and long sentences.

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.