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Since forming in 1991, FAMM has developed a team of attorneys, advocates and researchers with extensive expertise in crafting and advancing state and federal legislative reforms; working with the U.S. Sentencing Commission; improving the executive clemency process; and navigating the complex traits of federal sentencing policy. We’ve also put together a large collection of deeply researched case profiles highlighting FAMM members who have been subjected to onerous prison sentences. FAMM staffers are available to answer questions regarding the politics and policy of sentencing reform, and our research team is available to walk journalists through prisoners’ cases.

Have a question, or need to reach out to one of FAMM’s expert staff members? Our media relations team is happy to help!

For FAMM’s work at the federal level, contact Rabiah A. Burks at 202-999-4258.

For FAMM’s work at the state level, contact Tripp Laino at 202-999-4273.

If you have a general question for FAMM and are not a member of the media, contact Debi Campbell at 202-621-5041.

New to the Issues?

We encourage journalists who have never covered sentencing before—and any veterans looking to brush up—to check out our Sentencing 101 page. If you’d like to write about someone who’s serving an unjust sentence, you can check out our profiles page. To see what FAMM is doing to change sentencing policy at the state and federal levels, you can find our work here. To learn about current sentencing reform legislation in Congress, visit our U.S. Congress page.

Ready to become an expert in federal sentencing? Visit our briefing book on mandatory minimum sentences for congressional staff.

In addition to work for reform at the federal level, FAMM is currently working in the following four states. Click the state to learn about FAMM’s efforts there.

 

Recent Press Releases:

FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a second chances agenda in Pennsylvania 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a second chances agenda in Pennsylvania  The criminal justice organization calls for expanded use of compassionate release, clemency and second look laws HARRISBURG – FAMM recently announced a new “Second Chances Agenda“ campaign aimed at urging Pennsylvania policymakers to end life without parole, … Read More

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FAMM Praises National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine consensus study report on decarcerating correctional facilities during COVID-19

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Praises National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine consensus study report on decarcerating correctional facilities during COVID-19 WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement praising the release of the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine consensus study report on decarcerating correctional facilities during COVID-19: Every week … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual panel, Second Chances: Pathways Forward in Pennsylvania, with Lt. Governor John Fetterman

Thursday, October 1, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM to host virtual panel, Second Chances: Pathways Forward in Pennsylvania, with Lt. Governor John Fetterman PHILADELPHIA – FAMM is hosting a virtual panel via Zoom with Lt. Governor and Board of Pardons Chairman John Fetterman, discussing the need for second chances in Pennsylvania’s prison system. The session will be held virtually … Read More

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FAMM opposes proposed new mandatory minimum in Florida, will review proposed “Anti-Riot” legislation

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM opposes proposed new mandatory minimum in Florida, will review proposed “Anti-Riot” legislation TALLAHASSEE – FAMM’s Florida state director Greg Newburn released the following statement in response to the announcement yesterday by Governor Ron DeSantis of proposed legislation to increase penalties on convictions for offenses committed during protests: “Protecting lives, liberty, … Read More

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Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to host virtual screening of FAMM’s trial penalty documentary “The Vanishing Trial”

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to host virtual screening of FAMM’s trial penalty documentary “The Vanishing Trial” HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting a virtual screening and panel discussion of FAMM’s new documentary “The Vanishing Trial” which takes a deep dive into the trial penalty in … Read More

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FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a Second Chances Agenda 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a Second Chances Agenda  The criminal justice organization calls for expanded use of compassionate release, clemency, and second look laws WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM announces a new “Second Chances Agenda“ campaign aimed at urging state and federal policymakers to increase their use … Read More

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