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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 praises introduction of independent prison oversight bill in Arizona

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises introduction of independent prison oversight bill in Arizona PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement following Rep. Walt Blackman’s introduction of a bill to create an independent ombudsman for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry: “Arizona taxpayers spend $1.3 billion each … Read More

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FAMM Statement on the Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for U.S. Attorney General

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement on the Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for U.S. Attorney General The advocacy group hopes Garland will fulfill President-elect Biden’s criminal justice related promises WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement on President-elect Biden’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland as the next U.S. Attorney General: We congratulate … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Virginia Crime Commission’s vote to recommend the elimination of mandatory minimums

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Virginia Crime Commission’s vote to recommend the elimination of mandatory minimums RICHMOND – FAMM Deputy Director of Policy Tinsae Gebriel released the following statement following the Virginia Crime Commission’s vote to recommend the elimination of mandatory minimums. “These findings echo what we’ve known for some time now … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Justice Department investigation into Lowell Correctional Institution

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Justice Department investigation into Lowell Correctional Institution OCALA, FLORIDA — FAMM’s Florida directory of policy Greg Newburn put out the following statement after the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida released the results of the … Read More

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FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T. Project call for immediate removal of Arizona Department of Corrections Director David Shinn

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T. Project call for immediate removal of Arizona Department of Corrections Director David Shinn PHOENIX — FAMM and The S.T.A.R.T. Project have sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey calling for the immediate removal and replacement of Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) Director David … Read More

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FAMM praises D.C. Council’s passage of Second Look Amendment Act

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises D.C. Council’s passage of Second Look Amendment Act WASHINGTON – FAMM president Kevin Ring praised the D.C. Council for passing the Second Look Amendment Act by a veto-proof majority. This act aligns with growing body of research that shows recidivism rates decline with age. “The District has set a model for … Read More

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