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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 thanks Greg Newburn for more than a decade of service and vows to continue fight for reform in Florida

Monday, May 3, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM thanks Greg Newburn for more than a decade of service and vows to continue fight for reform in Florida TALLAHASSEE – FAMM president Kevin Ring released the following statement of thanks to former Florida state director Greg Newburn for his outstanding decade of service and wished him well in his new … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following passage of medical release bill in Illinois House

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following passage of medical release bill in Illinois House   SPRINGFIELD — FAMM General Counsel Mary Price released the following statement following the Illinois House of Representatives passing a medical release bill. “This bipartisan vote represents a great step forward,” Price said. “Incarcerating thousands of people who pose no … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on Derek Chauvin verdict

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement on Derek Chauvin verdict   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement on the Derek Chauvin verdict: “We are glad to see that justice was served,” Ring said. “The jury in this case spoke quickly and clearly. We also recognize that we have a lot of … Read More

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FAMM deeply disappointed in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy veto of legislation eliminating some of the states’ mandatory minimums

Monday, April 19, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM deeply disappointed in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy veto of legislation eliminating some of the states’ mandatory minimums TRENTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a bill that would have eliminated some of New Jersey’s mandatory minimums. “Vetoing this bill to preserve mandatory … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on Department of Justice expanding home confinement criteria

Friday, April 16, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on Department of Justice expanding home confinement criteria   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) releasing a memo expanding the criteria for home confinement. “We’re grateful that that the new administration heeded the widespread calls to make … Read More

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FAMM submits testimony in advance of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM submits testimony in advance of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons WASHINGTON – On Thursday, April 15, the Senate will hold a hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In advance of this hearing, FAMM President Kevin Ring submitted testimony highlighting … Read More

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