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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 Endorses Florida Constitutional Amendments 11 and 4

Friday, September 14, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Endorses Florida Constitutional Amendments 11 and 4 Tallahassee – FAMM today endorsed two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot in Florida, Amendment 11 and Amendment 4. Amendment 11 would allow the legislature to make sentencing reforms retroactive, while Amendment 4 would restore voting rights to most felons who have … Read More

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FAMM Supports “Protecting the Health and Wellness of Babies and Pregnant Inmates” Act

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Supports “Protecting the Health and Wellness of Babies and Pregnant Inmates” Act WASHINGTON – FAMM supports the “Protecting the Health and Wellness of Babies and Pregnant Inmates” Act, introduced today by Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Mia Love (R-UT), and Katherine Clark (D-MA). The bill, if passed, would severely limit … Read More

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FAMM Opposes Rushed Crime of Violence Bill H.R. 6691

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700   FAMM Opposes Rushed Crime of Violence Bill H.R. 6691 WASHINGTON – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill responded to the rushed scheduled vote in the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 6691, the “Community Safety and Security Act of 2018.” The bill was introduced on August 31 and … Read More

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FAMM Statement on U.S. Sentencing Commission Decision Not to Launch Crucial Studies

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Statement on U.S. Sentencing Commission Decision Not to Launch Crucial Studies WASHINGTON – FAMM is highly disappointed that the U.S. Sentencing Commission declined to include two studies of great importance to federal prisoners and their families in its list of priorities for 2019. One of the studies would have … Read More

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FAMM Briefing on Sentencing Reform Provisions to the FIRST STEP Act

Monday, August 20, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Briefing on Sentencing Reform Provisions to the FIRST STEP Act WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, August 22, FAMM will host a briefing with former federal prosecutors, sentencing law experts, and directly impacted advocates on how Congress can add meaningful sentencing reform provisions to the FIRST STEP Act. Event:     Threading the Needle … Read More

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MEMORANDUM: Meet the New FAMM

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

MEMORANDUM To:  All interested parties From:  Kevin Ring, FAMM President Date: August 8, 2018 Re:  Meet the new FAMM: Building on our mission to fix the nation’s broken criminal justice policies with a new program to organize affected families The future of criminal justice reform is up for grabs. While dozens of states have passed smart-on-crime … Read More

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