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Since forming in 1991, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (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. To arrange an interview or request assistance with a story, please contact FAMM’s Director of Communications, Rabiah Burks at rburks@famm.org.

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 projects here. To learn about current sentencing reform legislation in Congress, visit our federal page or click on the bills below:

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

Recent Press Releases:

FAMM Praises the U.S. House of Representatives for Passing the FIRST STEP Act

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Praises the U.S. House of Representatives for Passing the FIRST STEP Act Washington, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682, sponsored by Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). The bill was approved by [voice vote … Read More

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FAMM Supports FIRST STEP Act

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Supports FIRST STEP Act Washington, DC – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill responded to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s passage of the FIRST STEP Act sponsored by Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). “We support the FIRST STEP Act because it contains a number of critical … Read More

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FAMM Statement on Florida Department of Corrections Budget Shortfall

Monday, May 7, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Statement on Florida Department of Corrections Budget Shortfall Tallahassee – FAMM Director of State Policy Greg Newburn issued the following statement on proposed budget cuts to transitional housing, drug-treatment programs, and reentry services to make up for a nearly $30 million Department of Corrections budget deficit: “For years FAMM … Read More

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FAMM Praises Missouri House for Unanimously Passing Smart Sentencing Reform Legislation

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Praises Missouri House for Unanimously Passing Smart Sentencing Reform Legislation JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today the Missouri House unanimously passed HB 1739 by a vote of 148-0. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage), would allow judges to depart from mandatory prison terms and statutory minimum sentences in … Read More

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FAMM Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Plan

Friday, April 27, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Plan WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement about reports that President Trump will today announce plans to seek the death penalty in cases in which people have died from a drug overdose. His plan also reportedly calls for reducing the quantity of drugs … Read More

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FAMM Hails Introduction of Drug-Free School Zone Reform Legislation in Tennessee

Friday, April 27, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Hails Introduction of Drug-Free School Zone Reform Legislation in Tennessee Nashville – FAMM today applauded the introduction of a bill (HB 2111 and SB 2062) that limits the scope of Tennessee’s overly broad drug-free school zones. Tennessee Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown) authored the bill. … Read More

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