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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, partners send letter to President Biden urging him to keep all people on home confinement home

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, partners send letter to President Biden urging him to keep all people on home confinement home The letter was signed by more than 25 additional criminal justice organizations   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter signed by more than 25 criminal justice organizations to President Biden, urging him to keep … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following report on Biden administration’s commutation plan for people on home confinement

Monday, September 13, 2021

Media Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement following report on Biden administration’s commutation plan for people on home confinement   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement following published reports about the Biden administrations plans for how to address people on home confinement: “We are glad the president is showing signs that he might use … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on California repealing certain drug-related mandatory minimums

Friday, September 10, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on California repealing certain drug-related mandatory minimums   SACRAMENTO – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after California’s State Legislature passed a bill repealing certain drug-regulated mandatory minimums: “This is a victory for families, taxpayers and public safety,” Ring said. “California’s mandatory minimums have failed to make … Read More

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FAMM sends letter urging Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to use pardon power generously

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM sends letter urging Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to use pardon power generously   RICHMOND — FAMM sent a letter today to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam encouraging him to generously use his pardon power generously as his term nears its end. Virginia’s prison system doesn’t have parole, meaning the only way for a … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following report on Biden administration’s plan for people on home confinement

Monday, August 30, 2021

Media Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement following report on Biden administration’s plan for people on home confinement   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement following published reports about the Biden administrations plans for how to address people on home confinement: “The leaked plan makes no sense,” Ring said. “Everyone on home … Read More

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More Than 30 CARES Act employers urge Biden to keep their employees home

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Media Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org More Than 30 CARES Act employers urge Biden to keep their employees home   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement in reaction to the more than 30 CARES Act employers who have sent a letter to President Biden urging him to keep their employees home. The employers join … Read More

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