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FAMM Statement on the Nomination of William Barr for U.S. Attorney General
The criminal justice group raises concerns about the former Attorney General’s commitment to reform.
WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of William Barr as the next U.S. Attorney General:
Personnel is policy. Given Mr. Barr’s past statements and writings, I’m afraid his nomination is a bad sign for future criminal justice reform.
We had hoped the president would have chosen someone who had demonstrated a commitment to commonsense criminal justice reform. Mr. Barr does not seem to fit that mold. On the other hand, we recognize that a lot of people’s minds have changed on this issue since the 1990s and we hope Mr. Barr’s has, too.
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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