Media Kit | FAMM

Media Kit

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. To arrange an interview or request assistance with a story, please contact FAMM’s Director of Communications, Rabiah Burks at rburks@famm.org

Press Releases:

FAMM Praises the Introduction of the Emergency GRACE Act

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Praises the Introduction of the Emergency GRACE Act The bill would fast-track compassionate release grants during COVID-19 WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Emergency Grants of Release And Compassion Effectively Act of 2020 (Emergency GRACE Act) … Read More

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FAMM urges action for Pennsylvania’s prisons after infections skyrocket at SCI Huntingdon

Thursday, May 7, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges action for Pennsylvania’s prisons after infections skyrocket at SCI Huntingdon HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of corrections John Wetzel calling for increased COVID-19 testing in prisons, maintaining safe staffing levels and the release … Read More

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State prisons are failing World Health Organization (WHO) testing standards during COVID-19 crisis

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org State prisons are failing World Health Organization (WHO) testing standards during COVID-19 crisis WASHINGTON – State prisons across the country are failing in their attempts to keep people safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. The WHO has determined that a rate of positive tests above 10 percent means there … Read More

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FAMM Responds to BOP’s Revocation of CARES Act Home Confinement Grants

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

For media inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Responds to BOP’s Revocation of CARES Act Home Confinement Grants Incarcerated people and their families are outraged and confused by their actions WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter today to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Michael Carvajal … Read More

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FAMM urges North Carolina Department of Public Safety to protect people in prison during COVID-19 crisis

Friday, April 10, 2020

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges North Carolina Department of Public Safety to protect people in prison during COVID-19 crisis RALEIGH – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill sent a letter today to Secretary Erik A. Hooks and Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) … Read More

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FAMM praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for using reprieve power in response to COVID-19 Crisis

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for using reprieve power in response to COVID-19 Crisis HARRISBURG – FAMM Director of State Policy for Pennsylvania Celeste Trusty praised Gov. Tom Wolf today for announcing he’d be using his constitutional reprieve power to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among people … Read More

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FAMM, Washington Lawyers’ Committee, NACDL Launch Emergency Compassionate Release Effort

Monday, April 6, 2020

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM, Washington Lawyers’ Committee, NACDL Launch Emergency Compassionate Release Effort In a massive pro bono effort, our groups are recruiting, training, and supporting lawyers who agree to represent individuals in federal prisons eligible for compassionate release and those at special risk due to COVID-19 WASHINGTON – In an effort to … Read More

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FAMM Responds to CARES Act Home Confinement Provision

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Responds to CARES Act Home Confinement Provision The criminal justice organization urges U.S. Attorney General William Barr to swiftly use his power to release eligible people to home confinement WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter today urging U.S. Attorney William Barr to immediately use his authority … Read More

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FAMM urges North Carolina legislature to protect people in prison amid COVID-19 crisis

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges North Carolina legislature to protect people in prison amid COVID-19 crisis RALEIGH – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill sent a letter today to North Carolina State Representatives John Bell, David Lewis and Darren Jackson calling on the North Carolina House Select Committee on COVID-19 to ensure … Read More

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FAMM urges Florida legislature to hold special session to address prison system during COVID-19 crisis

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Florida legislature to hold special session to address prison system during COVID-19 crisis TALLAHASSEE – FAMM Director of State Policy for Florida Greg Newburn sent a letter today to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, House Speaker Jose Oliva and Senate President Bill Galvano calling for a special legislative session … Read More

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FAMM urges most vulnerable people in federal prison to immediately apply for compassionate release

Monday, March 23, 2020

FAMM urges most vulnerable people in federal prison to immediately apply for compassionate release WASHINGTON – In response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, FAMM sent a letter to nearly 40,000 federal prisoners today encouraging all federal prisoners who are most vulnerable to immediately apply for early release. FAMM is working with the National Association of Criminal … Read More

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Media Advisory: COVID-19 and Compassionate Release

Monday, March 16, 2020

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org Media Advisory: COVID-19 and Compassionate Release WASHINGTON – FAMM General Counsel and compassionate release expert, Mary Price, is available to answer questions, and to comment on how state and local governments should use compassionate release and elderly home confinement during this unprecedented COVID-19 national pandemic. “People who are eligible for … Read More

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Experience the soaring temperatures of Florida’s prisons firsthand in Tallahassee on Thursday, March 5

Monday, February 24, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Experience the soaring temperatures of Florida’s prisons firsthand on Thursday, March 5 FAMM and Florida Cares to host an interactive exhibit featuring mock prison cell as part of Beat the Heat event TALLAHASSEE – Nearly 86,000 prisoners in Florida go without relief from the scorching summer temperatures. FAMM and Florida … Read More

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FAMM Partnering with Arizona’s START on Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, February 14, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Partnering with Arizona’s START on Criminal Justice Reform The organizations will work together to help families in Arizona become advocates for sentencing and prison reform WASHINGTON – FAMM has announced a partnership with The S.T.A.R.T. Project — Striving to Achieve Reform Together — to engage more families with incarcerated … Read More

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FAMM Praises Introduction of Drug-Free School Zone Reform Legislation in Tennessee

Friday, February 14, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Praises Introduction of Drug-Free School Zone Reform Legislation in Tennessee NASHVILLE – FAMM applauds the introduction of a new bill (HB 2517 and SB 2734) that would reform the state’s overly broad drug-free school zone law, which is one of the harshest in the nation. Tennessee Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and … Read More

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FAMM Urges DOJ to Investigate Coleman Correctional Complex amid allegations of rape, sexual abuse and serious disease outbreaks

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Urges DOJ to Investigate Coleman Correctional Complex amid allegations of rape, sexual abuse and serious disease outbreaks WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Inspector General Michael Horowitz, calling for an investigation at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Florida. Numerous … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on DOJ’s investigation into Parchman

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement on DOJ’s investigation into Parchman Parchman, Miss. – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice’s decision today to investigate the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for possible constitutional  violations due to unsafe conditions. “This is a victory for everyone in Mississippi and … Read More

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FAMM, Mississippi Dreams Prisoner Family Support Urge Mississippi Legislature to Close Parchman

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, Mississippi Dreams Prisoner Family Support Urge Mississippi Legislature to Close Parchman Mississippi prison system is in dire need of broad reform BRANDON, MISSISSIPPI – FAMM President Kevin Ring and Mississippi Dreams Prisoner Family Support Director Amanda Hamilton released the following statement in response to the ongoing crisis at Mississippi State Prison, … Read More

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FAMM Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of the First Step Act

Friday, December 20, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of the First Step Act WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in honor of the first anniversary of the First Step Act: “This holiday season thousands of people will be home celebrating with their families for the first time in years, and … Read More

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FAMM Urges House to Oppose Mandatory Minimums in Pennsylvania Bill

Monday, December 16, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Urges House to Oppose Mandatory Minimums in Pennsylvania Bill HARRISBURG – FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after Rep. Todd Stephens introduced amendments containing mandatory minimum sentences to SB 501: “It’s one thing for pop culture to borrow heavily from the ‘80s, but we can … Read More

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FAMM Frustrated by Introduction of Mandatory Minimums in Pennsylvania

Monday, December 9, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Frustrated by Introduction of Mandatory Minimums in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG – FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee added mandatory minimum sentences to SB 501: “While we’re happy to see the advancement of the second Justice Reinvestment Initiative that passed in the … Read More

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FAMM Disheartened by Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s Changes to Probation Reform Bill

Monday, December 9, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Disheartened by Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s Changes to Probation Reform Bill HARRISBURG – FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee removed several important probation system reforms from HB 1555: “It is disheartening that many of this bill’s common sense and transformative … Read More

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FAMM, Michele Deitch, and family advocates to host briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the need for independent oversight of federal prisons

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM, Michele Deitch, and family advocates to host briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the need for independent oversight of federal prisons WASHINGTON – FAMM, family advocates and Michele Deitch, a national prison oversight expert, will discuss the need for independent oversight of the Bureau of Prisons during a luncheon briefing on … Read More

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50 First Step Act Beneficiaries and Their Families to Visit Washington to Thank Lawmakers

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org 50 First Step Act Beneficiaries and their families to Visit Washington to Thank Lawmakers  WASHINGTON – This month marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of the First Step Act, a federal criminal justice reform that has already brought more than 5,000 people home to their families sooner. On December 9-10, … Read More

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After State Supreme Court Ruling, Coalition Calls for Passage of Probation Reform in Pennsylvania

Friday, November 22, 2019

  Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org After State Supreme Court Ruling, Coalition Calls for Passage of Probation Reform in Pennsylvania Harrisburg — On Thursday, November 21, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered the release of Maurice Hudson, a Philadelphia man who has been incarcerated on several occasions due to his inability to pay fines related … Read More

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FAMM urges Mississippians to join call for federal investigation of Parchman

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM urges Mississippians to join call for federal investigation of Parchman Conditions at the prison continue to be extremely unsafe and may violate the Constitution Parchman, Miss. – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a second letter to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and local U.S. Attorney urging an investigation … Read More

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FAMM to Federal Bureau of Prisons: Family mail matters

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM to Federal Bureau of Prisons: Family mail matters The national criminal justice group responds to new restrictions on physical letters sent to people in prison from loved ones and friends WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer questioning the implementation of … Read More

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FAMM blasts introduction of billion-dollar mandatory minimum bills in Pennsylvania

Monday, October 21, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM blasts introduction of billion-dollar mandatory minimum bills in Pennsylvania Harrisburg – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement in response to HB 726, HB 1850, HB 1851, and HB 1852, currently being considered by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives: “These bills are a misguided attempt … Read More

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FAMM praises introduction of Pa. bill to allow more opportunity for commutations 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises introduction of Pa. bill to allow more opportunity for commutations  Harrisburg – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement in response to SB 884, a proposed bill that would amend Pennsylvania’s constitution. The amendment would allow more leeway for the Board of Pardons in recommending commutation … Read More

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Families, advocacy groups rally to reform probation in Pennsylvania

Friday, September 20, 2019

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4270 tlaino@famm.org Families, advocacy groups rally to reform probation in Pennsylvania FAMM, ACLU of Pennsylvania, Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Foundation, Justice Action Network, and REFORM Alliance join forces to rally for change Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s probation system is in serious need of reform. That’s why FAMM, ACLU of Pennsylvania, Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Foundation, … Read More

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FAMM urges legislature to depopulate Pennsylvania’s prisons

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges legislature to depopulate Pennsylvania’s prisons HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the prison reprieve process. “Pennsylvania has the highest incarceration rate in the northeast, and with it, an obligation to reduce … Read More

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For Media:

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 projects here. To learn about current sentencing reform legislation in Congress, visit our federal page or click on the bills below:

Ready to become an expert in federal sentencing? Visit our briefing book on mandatory minimum sentences for congressional staff.