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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:

FAMM Applauds Missouri House Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Applauds Missouri House Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Bills   Jefferson City, MO –FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement applauding the Missouri House of Representatives for passing a sentencing reform bill, HB 113, introduced by Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage): “We applaud the House for setting … Read More

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Coalition of Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Applaud Representative Byron Donalds for Filing HB 705, the Florida First Step Act

Monday, February 11, 2019

Contact Sarah Bascom, 850.294.6636, sarah@bascomllc.com Lyndsey Brzozowski, 850.524.5006, lyndsey@bascomllc.com   Coalition of Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Applaud Representative Byron Donalds for Filing HB 705, the Florida First Step Act Right on Crime, FAMM, Americans for Prosperity-Florida & JMI Praise Action Tallahassee, Fla. – A coalition of criminal justice reform advocates, including Right on Crime, FAMM, … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Missouri House Special Committee on Criminal Justice for Passing Reform Legislation

Thursday, February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019 Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today the Missouri House Special Committee on Criminal Justice passed two important criminal justice reform bills, HB 113 and HB 352. HB 113, sponsored by Rep. Cody Smith (R – Carthage), would grant judges flexibility to depart from the statutory minimum sentence or … Read More

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FAMM President’s Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org New FAMM Fellow attended as guest of the president; speech highlighted the First Step Act. Washington — FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address: “We are glad that President Trump highlighted the overwhelming bipartisan … Read More

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FAMM Urges House Judiciary Committee to Investigate BOP Extreme Weather Preparedness

Monday, February 4, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org Federal prisoners at Metropolitan Detention Center in NYC were left without heat as temperatures fell well below freezing   WASHINGTON – Today FAMM President Kevin Ring urged Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) to investigate the recent power and heat outages at the … Read More

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Reform Groups Applaud “Florida First Step Act”

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Contact: Chelsea Murphy, 954-557-0016, cmurphy@rightoncrime.com; Greg Newburn, 352.682.2542, gnewburn@famm.org Reform Groups Applaud “Florida First Step Act” Tallahassee, Fla.– A coalition of national and Florida-based organizations today applauded Senator Jeff Brandes (R, St. Petersburg) for filing the “Florida First Step Act.” Americans for Prosperity, Right on Crime, FAMM, the James Madison Institute, the American Conservative Union … Read More

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