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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:

Announcing FAMM’s New Director of Federal Legislative Affairs

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 Announcing FAMM’s New Director of Federal Legislative Affairs WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring announced today that Daniel Landsman has become the organization’s new director of federal legislative affairs. Landsman previously served as the group’s deputy director of policy. “Daniel has become a valuable and trusted member of our team, … Read More

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Families Rally to Demand Justice Reform

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 Families Rally to Demand Justice Reform Washington – Families from across the nation gathered on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn Tuesday to urge lawmakers to take action on criminal justice reform in 2018. Many of the attendees were rallying for the passage of bills already introduced in Congress that could … Read More

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FAMM, Lawmakers, and Families to Rally for Justice Reform at the U.S. Capitol

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM, Lawmakers, and Families to Rally for Justice Reform at the U.S. Capitol WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, July 10, FAMM will bring lawmakers, advocates, and family members from all over the nation to the United States Capitol to demand justice reform in 2018. There are a number of federal bills in … Read More

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Everywhere and Nowhere: Compassionate Release in the States

New State-by-State Report Reveals Compassionate Release Programs Are Rarely Used

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 New State-by-State Report Reveals Compassionate Release Programs Are Rarely Used   WASHINGTON – FAMM today released “Everywhere and Nowhere: Compassionate Release in the States,” a comprehensive, state-by-state report on the early-release programs available to prisoners struggling with certain extraordinary circumstances, such as a terminal or age-related illness. The report takes … Read More

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FAMM to Discuss New State-by-State Report on Pennsylvania’s Early Prison Release Programs

Friday, June 22, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM to Discuss New State-by-State Report on Pennsylvania’s Early Prison Release Programs HARRISBURG – A panel of experts will discuss Pennsylvania’s early release programs for sick, dying, and aging prisoners on June 27, 2018, in Harrisburg. The program, “The Case for Compassionate Release: How Releasing Sick and Elderly Prisoners Makes … Read More

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Advocates Urge Arizona Speaker Mesnard to Reinstate the Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 Advocates Urge Arizona Speaker Mesnard to Reinstate the Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform   Phoenix – Today, a bipartisan group of criminal justice reform organizations sent a letter to Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives J.D. Mesnard, urging him to reinstate the Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform … Read More

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