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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:

Sentencing reform in North Carolina pushed by advocates, Trump State of the Union guest Matthew Charles

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org SENTENCING REFORM IN NORTH CAROLINA PUSHED BY ADVOCATES, TRUMP STATE OF THE UNION GUEST MATTHEW CHARLES RALEIGH, NC – Criminal justice reform advocates and Matthew Charles, President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union guest, held a press conference at the North Carolina State Capitol today to urge the passage of the … Read More

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FAMM applauds bipartisan introduction of REAL Act

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM APPLAUDS BIPARTISAN INTRODUCTION OF REAL ACT The bill would restore Pell Grant eligibility to students in state and federal prisons. WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to today’s introduction of the REAL Act, a federal bill that would restore Pell Grant eligibility to students in … Read More

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Trump State of the Union guest Matthew Charles to urge North Carolina legislature to enact sentencing reform

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org TRUMP STATE OF THE UNION GUEST MATTHEW CHARLES TO URGE NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT SENTENCING REFORM RALEIGH, NC – Criminal justice reform advocates and Matthew Charles, President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union guest, will hold a press conference on Tuesday, April 16, at 10:00 a.m. in the North Carolina General … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Introduction of New Pennsylvania Probation Reform Bill

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Applauds Introduction of New Pennsylvania Probation Reform Bill Harrisburg, PA – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to Pennsylvania Rep. Jordan Harris’ introduction of a new probation reform bill in the Keystone State: At FAMM, we hear too many stories of … Read More

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FAMM Statement in Support of SB 1656

Monday, April 1, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement in Support of SB 1656 The bill permits lawmakers to make changes to sentencing laws retroactive. TALLAHASSEE, FL – FAMM Director of State Policy Greg Newburn issued the following statement today in support of SB 1656, a bill that will allow lawmakers to make changes to sentencing laws retroactive: For nearly … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Introduction of “North Carolina First Step Act”

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Applauds Introduction of “North Carolina First Step Act” RALEIGH, NC – Today FAMM praises Sen. Bob Steinburg (R-District 1), Sen. Warren Daniel (R-District 46), and Sen. Danny Earl Britt (R- District 13) for introducing the North Carolina First Step Act (SB 404). The bill would allow judges to depart from mandatory minimum … Read More

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