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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, ACLU and Dream Corps JUSTICE encourage calls to Senators in support of EQUAL Act

Friday, May 20, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, ACLU and Dream Corps JUSTICE encourage calls to Senators in support of EQUAL Act WASHINGTON – FAMM, the ACLU and Dream Corps JUSTICE are encouraging people across America to call their Senators on Monday, May 23 in support of the EQUAL Act, which would eliminate the federal sentencing disparity … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on nominations to the U.S. Sentencing Commission

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on nominations to the U.S. Sentencing Commission WASHINGTON – FAMM General Counsel Mary Price released the following statement after President Biden nominated seven people to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC). “Too many politicians today seem intent on using criminal justice policy to score political points,” Price said. “Nominees … Read More

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FAMM calls on DOJ to seek early release for women abused at federal prison in Dublin, California

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM calls on DOJ to seek early release for women abused at federal prison in Dublin, California WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco calling on her to direct the Bureau of Prisons to seek, and U.S. Attorneys to file, reduction of sentence … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on President Biden’s clemency grants

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

For media inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on President Biden’s clemency grants WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after news of President Biden’s announcement about clemency and other federal actions related to prison programming and re-entry today. “We applaud the president for taking these steps to improve public safety and offer more … Read More

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FAMM releases report on need for second chances in Illinois’ prisons

Thursday, April 21, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases report on need for second chances in Illinois’ prisons “Time for Justice: The Urgent Need for Second Chances in Illinois’ Sentencing System” highlights high costs and low value of Illinois’ long prison sentences   SPRINGFIELD – As part of FAMM’s ongoing efforts to support second chances in Illinois, … Read More

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Senator Street & FAMM to host The Road to Redemption Live at Eastern State Penitentiary

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org Desmond McKinson, 215-251-9791DesmondMcKinson@pasenate.com Senator Street & FAMM to host The Road to Redemption Live at Eastern State Penitentiary  PHILADELPHIA – On Tuesday, April 19th FAMM will join Senator Sharif Street in hosting The Road to Redemption: Live at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, from 2-4 pm. The event will also be livestreamed on Senator Street’s Facebook page. … Read More

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