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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 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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FAMM’s Shaneva McReynolds testifies before Illinois Resentencing Task Force

Thursday, September 29, 2022

  For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM’s Shaneva McReynolds testifies before Illinois Resentencing Task Force SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Shaneva McReynolds, FAMM Consultant and Advocate, testified today before the Illinois Resentencing Task Force about the importance of providing second chance legislative mechanisms to safely reduce the state’s prison population. “Illinois needs to pass legislation to provide people with life and long sentences … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following introduction of bipartisan prison oversight bill

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following introduction of bipartisan prison oversight bill   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring hailed the introduction of a bipartisan bill – the Federal Prison Oversight Act – to establish independent oversight of the nation’s 122 federal prisons. The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Senators … Read More

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LinkedIn participates in FAMM’s #VisitAPrison challenge with trip to SCI Phoenix

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org  FAMM’s #VisitAPrison challenge with trip to  SCI Phoenix COLLEGEVILLE –  LinkedIn Corporation and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) officials will tour State Correctional Institution (SCI) Phoenix as part of the FAMM’s #VisitAPrison campaign.  “Ninety-five percent of the people in prison today are going to return to their communities, and the best way to ensure that their re-entry is … Read More

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FAMM offers support for Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project

Thursday, September 1, 2022

  For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM offers support for Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Maria Goellner issued the following statement in support of the Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project announced by Governor Tom Wolf, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, and the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons today. “The Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project will positively impact the lives … Read More

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FAMM launches “Free to Succeed,” highlighting stories of second chances

Thursday, September 1, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM launches “Free to Succeed,” highlighting stories of second chances New monthly storytelling series will highlight success stories of formerly incarcerated people WASHINGTON – FAMM has launched a new storytelling initiative to showcase the success stories of people released early from prison. Each person’s story will highlight their life since incarceration … Read More

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