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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 praises Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ consideration of clemency for 21 prisoners serving life without parole

Monday, September 16, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ consideration of clemency for 21 prisoners serving life without parole Only 23 hearings have been granted since 2015 Harrisburg – In response to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons hearing the cases of 21 people with life sentences today (nearly as many as have been heard since … Read More

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FAMM and 13 National Organizations Urge Congress to Fund the First Step Act

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM and 13 National Organizations Urge Congress to Fund the First Step Act Congress has not yet allocated $75M to the Bureau of Prisons to implement the legislation as authorized WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, FAMM along with 13 national organizations, sent a letter to the chair and ranking members of … Read More

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Location Changed: Experience the soaring temperatures of Florida’s prisons firsthand on Friday, August 23

Monday, August 19, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Experience the soaring temperatures of Florida’s prisons firsthand on Friday, August 23 FAMM, Florida Cares to launch an interactive exhibit featuring mock prison cell as part of Beat the Heat event Miami – Today’s event will now be held at Miller Circle/The Green at The University of Miami. More than 60,000 … Read More

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FAMM condemns DOJ for appealing First Step Act releases

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM condemns DOJ for appealing First Step Act releases DOJ continues to fight release of dozens of people serving lengthy crack-related sentences WASHINGTON, D.C. – FAMM today called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to stop trying to send people released under the First Step Act back to prison. … Read More

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FAMM to DOJ: Fredrick Turner Is No Less Important or Tragic Than Epstein 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM to DOJ: Fredrick Turner Is No Less Important or Tragic Than Epstein  The national criminal justice organization makes a second call for the investigation of Turner’s death WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a second letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons … Read More

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FAMM Releases Statement on DC’s Halfway House Issues

Friday, August 9, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Releases Statement on DC’s Halfway House Issues WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued a statement on the ongoing issues related to Core DC’s attempts to open a halfway house to replace Hope Village in the district. “It’s bad enough that we send District residents all across the country to be incarcerated,” … Read More

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