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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.

Ready to become an expert in federal sentencing? Visit our briefing book on mandatory minimum sentences for congressional staff.

Recent Press Releases:

FAMM Calls for Investigation of Fredrick Turner’s Death

Monday, June 17, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Calls for Investigation of Fredrick Turner’s Death   WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Hugh J. Hurwitz, urging an investigation into the preventable death of Frederick Turner, who … Read More

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FAMM supports Pa. Justice Reinvestment reform package

Monday, June 17, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Supports Pa. Justice Reinvestment Reform Package HARRISBURG, Pa. – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill submitted written testimony to the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee in support of SB 500, SB 501, and SB 502. The three bills, collectively known as “Justice Reinvestment II,” would reform county probation services, create … Read More

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FAMM applauds Pa. Senate for passage of Justice Reinvestment bills

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM APPLAUDS PA SENATE FOR PASSAGE OF JUSTICE REINVESTMENT BILLS HARRISBURG, Pa. – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s unanimous passage of Justice Reinvestment II bills (SB 500, SB 501, and SB 502) in the Pennsylvania Senate: FAMM applauds the Pennsylvania Senate … Read More

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FAMM Cheers Arizona Passage of Repetitive Offender Sentencing Reform Bill

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Cheers Arizona Passage of Repetitive Offender Sentencing Reform Bill The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for signature and enactment into law. PHOENIX, AZ – In the last hours of its session on Memorial Day, May 27, the Arizona legislature passed SB 1334, a bill that makes a small but … Read More

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FAMM Calls for Federal Investigation of Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman

Friday, May 24, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Calls for Federal Investigation of Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman The national criminal justice org says extremely unsafe conditions, violence, weapons, and understaffing at the maximum security prison may violate the Constitution. PARCHMAN, Miss. – Today, FAMM sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division urging an … Read More

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FAMM praises Missouri legislature for passing sentencing reform

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org    FAMM PRAISES MISSOURI LEGISLATURE FOR PASSING SENTENCING REFORM JEFFERSON CITY, MO – In a last-minute push to pass sentencing reform, the Missouri House of Representatives passed HB 192 on Monday by a vote of 138-11, sending the bill to Governor Mike Parson for signature and enactment into law. HB 192, sponsored … Read More

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