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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 urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to have greater transparency in clemency process

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM  urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to have greater transparency in clemency process HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Maria Goellner sent a letter today to Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Boards of Pardons (BOP) in response to the absence of reasoning given for denied clemency applications last week. FAMM urged the … Read More

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FAMM, Free Minds release statement on DOJ reversing restrictions on books in federal prisons

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, Free Minds release statement on DOJ reversing restrictions on books in federal prisons WASHINGTON – FAMM and Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop have released the following statement after receiving notice from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that restrictions placed on the shipment of books to four federal prisons have … Read More

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FAMM urges full Senate to vote on the U.S. Sentencing Commission nominees

Thursday, July 21, 2022

For Media Inquiries: John Norton, 202-999-4268 jnorton@famm.org FAMM urges the full Senate to vote on the U.S. Sentencing Commission nominees WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to advance President Biden’s seven nominations to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission: “It’s been three years since the U.S. … Read More

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FAMM praises Gov. Tom Wolf for signing commutations

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM praises Gov. Tom Wolf for signing commutations   HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Maria Goellner issued the following statement in response to commutations recommended by the Board of Pardons that were signed by Governor Tom Wolf on July 14. “Last week eight incarcerated people in Pennsylvania got a chance to reunite … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on new Bureau of Prisons Director

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on new Bureau of Prisons Director WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after Colette S. Peters was appointed as the new head of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). “Colette Peters is walking into a dumpster fire,” Ring said. “From sexual violence and … Read More

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FAMM challenges Pennsylvania policymakers to #VisitAPrison

Monday, July 11, 2022

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM challenges Pennsylvania lawmakers to #VisitAPrison Despite laws for prisons and the people in them, few policymakers visit them HARRISBURG – Today, FAMM launched its national “#VisitAPrison” campaign to encourage policymakers to visit a prison or jail in the next year, which includes a focus on Pennsylvania. The Keystone state has … Read More

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