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FAMM to go Live with Van Jones, Shon Hopwood, Clara LeBeau and Rachel Barkow this Week

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FAMM to go Live with Van Jones, Shon Hopwood, Clara LeBeau and Rachel Barkow this Week

The sessions will be streamed on Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON – FAMM is streaming two events on Facebook Live this week: On Wednesday, May 13 at 2 p.m. EST, we will hear from New York University Law Professor Rachel Barkow, and Clara LeBeau, grandmother of Andrea Circle Bear, who died four weeks after giving birth to her child while on a ventilator due to COVID-19 complications while in Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) custody.

Next, on Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m. EST, Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance and Shon Hopwood, professor at Georgetown Law, will dive into a discussion about how advocates are responding to COVID-19, and what impacted people and their families can do to create change.

Both sessions will be streamed live on FAMM’s Facebook page as part of our weekly “Heart to Heart” Series, a weekly discussion hosted by FAMM President Kevin Ring designed to respond to recent news and immediate questions from families and the public about the impact of COVID-19 on people in prison.

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 six 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.