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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. 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 work here. To learn about current sentencing reform legislation in Congress, visit our U.S. Congress 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:

Statement of FAMM President Kevin Ring on Trump Support for FIRST STEP Act

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org Statement of FAMM President Kevin Ring on Trump Support for FIRST STEP Act Criminal justice reform organization applauds bipartisan efforts to curb mandatory minimum sentencing. WASHINGTON –FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s endorsement of a bipartisan, comprehensive federal criminal justice reform bill: Today’s endorsement … Read More

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Campaign for Compassionate Release

MEMORANDUM: FAMM makes it easier for members of Congress to help families with compassionate release

Thursday, November 8, 2018

MEMORANDUM To:       Interested parties From:  Rabiah Burks, FAMM Director of Communications Date:   November 8, 2018 Re:      FAMM makes it easier for members of Congress to help families with compassionate release FAMM is ramping up efforts to improve compassionate release programs by making it easier for members of Congress to help families … Read More

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FAMM Praises Introduction of the SAFE Justice Act of 2017

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Praises Introduction of the SAFE Justice Act of 2017 WASHINGTON – FAMM today commended U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jason Lewis (R-MN) for the introduction of the Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective (SAFE) Justice Act of 2017. The broad bill limits the application of federal mandatory minimum sentences to the … Read More

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FAMM statement in response to the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

  Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE RESIGNATION OF U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS WASHINGTON – In response to today’s announcement of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation, FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement: Good riddance. For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, … Read More

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FAMM celebrates passage of sentencing reform retroactivity in Florida

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

press Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF SENTENCING REFORM RETROACTIVITY IN FLORIDA The removal of archaic clause in Constitution allows for retroactive changes to criminal statutes. WASHINGTON – The national criminal justice reform organization FAMM celebrated the passage of Amendment 11, which allows for retroactive changes to Florida’s sentencing laws. The amendment removed language dating from … Read More

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FAMM applauds the release of Calvin Bryant

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM APPLAUDS THE RELEASE OF CALVIN BRYANT Bryant’s case sparked national discussion on the need to reform Tennessee’s drug-free school zone laws. WASHINGTON – The national criminal justice reform organization FAMM applauds the resentencing of Calvin Bryant to time served, effective today. Bryant has served 11 years of a 17-year sentence for a … Read More

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