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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:

Debi Ghate Joins FAMM Board of Directors

Thursday, July 2, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Debi Ghate Joins FAMM Board of Directors WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Debi Ghate, The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, will join the organization’s board of directors. “I am so glad Debi has agreed to join the board — she’s been … Read More

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FAMM issues statement following death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution

Monday, June 22, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM issues statement following death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution ORLANDO – FAMM Director of Florida Policy Greg Newburn issued the following statement following the death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution (CI): “We are deeply disturbed by the news of another death … Read More

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Rabiah Burks Named FAMM Vice President of Communications

Thursday, June 18, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Rabiah Burks Named FAMM Vice President of Communications WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Rabiah Burks has been promoted to FAMM’s Vice President of Communications. Burks most recently served as FAMM’s Director of Communications. “Rabiah is a leader in our organization, and her new position better … Read More

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FAMM praises Tennessee legislature passing drug-free school zone reform

Thursday, June 18, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Tennessee legislature passing drug-free school zone reform NASHVILLE – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement today following the Tennessee House passing a bill to reform drug-free school zone laws. The bill, which passed in the Senate last week, now moves to Gov. Lee’s desk … Read More

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NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Disappointed in Small Number of Commutations in New York

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Ivan J. Dominguez, Senior Director of Public Affairs & Communications, NACDL, 202-465-7662, idominguez@nacdl.org  Rabiah Alicia Burks, Director of Communications, FAMM, 202-999-4258, rburks@famm.org NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Disappointed in Small Number of Commutations in New York The NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Calls on Governor Cuomo to Increase and Regularize Grants; ‘The Robust Exercise … Read More

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FAMM Statement on Policing Reform in Pennsylvania

Monday, June 15, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Statement on Policing Reform in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement in support of efforts to advance and pass legislation that would transform the way policing is carried out in Pennsylvania: FAMM supports policing reform in Pennsylvania. We know that … Read More

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