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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 releases statement following Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on new gun mandatory minimums

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on new gun mandatory minimums   HARRISBURG – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement following the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on two bills that would introduce new mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes: “Mandatory minimums are proven … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of two criminal justice bills

Thursday, June 10, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of two criminal justice bills   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to two criminal justice bills that passed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today: the First Step Implementation Act of 2021 and the Prohibiting … Read More

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FAMM issues statement following Sentencing Commission report on compassionate release

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM issues statement following Sentencing Commission report on compassionate release   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after the U.S. Sentencing Commission released a report on compassionate release motions decided in 2020. The report found that courts granted compassionate release to 2,549 people in federal prison last year, … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on passage of Oregon second look bill

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on passage of Oregon second look bill SALEM – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after the Oregon legislature today approved a bill creating opportunities for prosecutors to take a second look at previously issued sentences or convictions. “Second look laws don’t let everyone out of … Read More

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FAMM urges U.S. Attorney General Garland to act now to prevent thousands on CARES Act home confinement from returning to prison.

Monday, June 7, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM urges U.S. Attorney General Garland to act now to prevent thousands on CARES Act home confinement from returning to prison   WASHINGTON – FAMM sent a letter urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to take immediate action to ensure that thousands of people released on home confinement do not return to … Read More

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FAMM urges passage of three federal justice reform bills

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM urges passage of three federal justice reform bills  WASHINGTON – FAMM supports the passage of three new criminal justice bills that will be considered Thursday by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee: the First Step Implementation Act of 2021; the COVID-19 Safer Detention Act of 2021; and the Prohibiting Punishment of … Read More

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