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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 responds to DOJ working group report on sexual abuse committed by federal prison employees

Thursday, November 3, 2022

For Media Inquiries: John Norton, 202-999-4268 jnorton@famm.org FAMM responds to DOJ working group report on sexual abuse committed by federal prison employees  Washington, D.C. – A Department of Justice (DOJ) working group has released a report with recommendations on how to address sexual abuse committed by Bureau of Prison (BOP) correctional officers and staff. One of the … Read More

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FAMM and PERL urge Tennessee Governor and Attorney General to appoint a special investigator in the Eliza Fletcher case

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM and PERL urge Tennessee Governor and Attorney General to appoint a special investigator in the Eliza Fletcher case NASHVILLE – FAMM and People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws (PERL) sent a letter today to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti requesting that they appoint a special investigator to look at the various justice system failures that … Read More

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FAMM urges the full DC Council to vote on Revised Criminal Code Act

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM urges the full DC Council to vote on Revised Criminal Code Act WASHINGTON – The DC Council Committee of Judiciary and Public Safety voted in favor of the Revised Criminal Code Act, the first major revision of all of the city’s sentencing laws in well over a century. FAMM President Kevin Ring testified in favor … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual panel, “Guess Who’s Back: The Sentencing Commission’s Return & the 2022-2023 Amendment Cycle” on Oct. 2

Thursday, October 20, 2022

For media inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM to host virtual panel, “Guess Who’s Back: The Sentencing Commission’s Return & the 2022-2023 Amendment Cycle” on Oct. 2 WASHINGTON – FAMM is hosting a virtual panel “Guess Who’s Back: The Sentencing Commission’s Return & the 2022-2023 Amendment Cycle” from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, October 24. After more than … Read More

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FAMM releases national poll results, compassionate release report cards for all 50 states and D.C.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases national poll results, compassionate release report cards for all 50 states and D.C. Despite strong public support, states fail to use compassionate release programs WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM has released a compassionate release report, including report cards for every state, grading compassionate release programs designed for incarcerated people struggling with certain … Read More

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FAMM releases statement after Gov. Newsom signs compassionate release bill 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement after Gov. Newsom signs compassionate release bill  SACRAMENTO – FAMM General Counsel Mary Price released the following statement after California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would improve the state’s compassionate release process. The bill passed the Senate and Assembly in August. “This is a great step forward for … Read More

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