MEDIA ADVISORY: FAMM Sentencing Expert to Testify About Compassionate Release before the U.S. Sentencing Commission

Categories: Compassionate Release, Press Release, US Sentencing Commission

Jessica Breslin, FAMM

While Congress continues to consider legislation to reduce excessive mandatory minimum sentences while protecting public safety, the U.S. Sentencing Commission is considering ideas on how to expand an early release program for prisoners who present the lowest risk of reoffending. On Wednesday, February 17th from 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the U.S. Sentencing Commission will hold a public hearing on compassionate release in the federal Bureau of Prisons.

FAMM’s general counsel Mary Price will testify about the problems federal prisoners face when trying to secure early release due to illness, impending death, or other extraordinary and compelling conditions that make continued incarceration inhumane and unjust. Price is a recognized expert on the compassionate release program and is co-author of The Answer is No.

Ms. Price is available to comment on all aspects of the compassionate release program, the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s role, and how this program fits into the larger debate of prison overcrowding and sentencing reform.

Ms. Price works directly with the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Department of Justice to reform federal sentencing and corrections law and policy. Price has appeared as an expert on federal sentencing policy, compassionate release, and executive clemency issues on MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, PBS News Hour, NPR, among others. Price’s full bio is available here.

To speak with Ms. Price, please contact Jessica Breslin at (202) 822-6700 or at

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