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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:

Coalition of law enforcement, justice reform, and civil rights organizations urge Congress to pass the EQUAL Act

Thursday, January 26, 2023

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Coalition of law enforcement, justice reform, and civil rights organizations urge Congress to pass the EQUAL Act WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM along with 20 additional organizations sent a letter to Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham (the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, respectively) urging them to … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs plan to introduce independent prison oversight

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

For Media Inquiries: John Norton, 202-999-4268 jnorton@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs plan to introduce independent prison oversight PHOENIX – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs introduced a plan for independent prison oversight in the state. “We applaud Governor Hobbs for taking this important step to … Read More

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FAMM endorses Illinois Resentencing Task Force report’s recommendations

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM endorses Illinois Resentencing Task Force report’s recommendations SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Shaneva McReynolds, FAMM Illinois State Consultant and Advocate, today expressed support for the sixteen recommendations issued by the Illinois Resentencing Task Force (RTF) final report. In an attempt to safely reduce the overpopulated Illinois prison system House Bill 3587 became law in July 2021. It created the … Read More

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FAMM welcomes Celeste Trusty as Pennsylvania State Director

Friday, January 20, 2023

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org  FAMM welcomes Celeste Trusty as Pennsylvania State Director WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Celeste Trusty has been hired to serve as the Pennsylvania State Director and Maria Goellner has been promoted to the position of FAMM’s Deputy Director of Policy. Trusty returns to a position she held before serving as Secretary … Read More

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FAMM releases statement after U.S. Sentencing Commission proposes amendments to federal sentencing guidelines

Thursday, January 12, 2023

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement after U.S. Sentencing Commission proposes amendments to federal sentencing guidelines WASHINGTON – FAMM General Counsel Mary Price released the following statement after the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) met today to announce proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. The amendments would touch several areas in the guidelines, including … Read More

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Matthew Charles responds to Governor Bill Lee’s clemency grants to those sentenced under the old Drug-Free Zone law

Thursday, December 22, 2022

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org Matthew Charles responds to Governor Bill Lee’s clemency grants to those sentenced under the old Drug-Free Zone law NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today granted clemency to 30 individuals sentenced under the Drug-Free Zone sentencing reform law that was passed by the state legislature earlier this year. “We are grateful to Governor Lee for … Read More

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