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:

Rep. Jeffries, Rep. Armstrong, Families and FAMM to Speak at In-Person Press Briefing on Criminal Justice Reform in 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org Rep. Jeffries, Rep. Armstrong, Families and FAMM to Speak at In-Person Press Briefing on Criminal Justice Reform in 2021 WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Armstrong (R-ND) and other congressional leaders, impacted individuals and families, leading justice reform advocacy groups, and other special guests will speak at an in-person press briefing … Read More

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FAMM statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of the EQUAL Act

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of the EQUAL Act   WASHINGTON –  FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s passage of the EQUAL Act today.  The EQUAL Act would end the disparity in federal prison sentences for crack and powder cocaine-related crimes. … Read More

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Gwen Levi to serve as spokesperson for FAMM’s #KeepThemHome campaign

Friday, July 9, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Gwen Levi to serve as spokesperson for FAMM’s #KeepThemHome campaign   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Gwendolyn Levi has agreed to serve as a spokesperson for the group’s #KeepThemHome campaign, which is focused on securing clemency for the 4,000 people on federal home confinement. “Gwen’s story captured people’s attention … Read More

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FAMM welcomes Veda Ajamu as Justice Reform Fellow

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM welcomes Veda Ajamu as Justice Reform Fellow   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring announced today that Veda Ajamu will join the organization as a Justice Reform Fellow. “We are thrilled to welcome Veda in this role. She is a tenacious advocate,” Ring said. “She knows what it is like to fight … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following compassionate release ruling for Gwen Levi

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following compassionate release ruling for Gwen Levi   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after Gwendolyn Levi was granted compassionate release by United States District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow: “We are so happy for Gwen and her family,” Ring said. “Sending her back to prison … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on new gun mandatory minimums

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on new gun mandatory minimums   HARRISBURG – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement following the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on two bills that would introduce new mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes: “Mandatory minimums are proven … Read More

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FAMM issues statement following Sentencing Commission report on compassionate release

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM issues statement following Sentencing Commission report on compassionate release   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after the U.S. Sentencing Commission released a report on compassionate release motions decided in 2020. The report found that courts granted compassionate release to 2,549 people in federal prison last year, … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on passage of Oregon second look bill

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on passage of Oregon second look bill SALEM – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after the Oregon legislature today approved a bill creating opportunities for prosecutors to take a second look at previously issued sentences or convictions. “Second look laws don’t let everyone out of … Read More

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FAMM urges U.S. Attorney General Garland to act now to prevent thousands on CARES Act home confinement from returning to prison.

Monday, June 7, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM urges U.S. Attorney General Garland to act now to prevent thousands on CARES Act home confinement from returning to prison   WASHINGTON – FAMM sent a letter urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to take immediate action to ensure that thousands of people released on home confinement do not return to … Read More

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FAMM urges passage of three federal justice reform bills

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM urges passage of three federal justice reform bills  WASHINGTON – FAMM supports the passage of three new criminal justice bills that will be considered Thursday by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee: the First Step Implementation Act of 2021; the COVID-19 Safer Detention Act of 2021; and the Prohibiting Punishment of … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on Illinois compassionate release bill passage

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on Illinois compassionate release bill passage SPRINGFIELD — FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after the Illinois legislature passed a bill that will allow the Prisoner Review Board to release severely ill and dying people from Illinois prisons. “It is unfortunate that it takes a … Read More

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FAMM thanks Greg Newburn for more than a decade of service and vows to continue fight for reform in Florida

Monday, May 3, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM thanks Greg Newburn for more than a decade of service and vows to continue fight for reform in Florida TALLAHASSEE – FAMM president Kevin Ring released the following statement of thanks to former Florida state director Greg Newburn for his outstanding decade of service and wished him well in his new … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following passage of medical release bill in Illinois House

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following passage of medical release bill in Illinois House   SPRINGFIELD — FAMM General Counsel Mary Price released the following statement following the Illinois House of Representatives passing a medical release bill. “This bipartisan vote represents a great step forward,” Price said. “Incarcerating thousands of people who pose no … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on Derek Chauvin verdict

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement on Derek Chauvin verdict   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement on the Derek Chauvin verdict: “We are glad to see that justice was served,” Ring said. “The jury in this case spoke quickly and clearly. We also recognize that we have a lot of … Read More

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FAMM deeply disappointed in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy veto of legislation eliminating some of the states’ mandatory minimums

Monday, April 19, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM deeply disappointed in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy veto of legislation eliminating some of the states’ mandatory minimums TRENTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a bill that would have eliminated some of New Jersey’s mandatory minimums. “Vetoing this bill to preserve mandatory … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on Department of Justice expanding home confinement criteria

Friday, April 16, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on Department of Justice expanding home confinement criteria   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) releasing a memo expanding the criteria for home confinement. “We’re grateful that that the new administration heeded the widespread calls to make … Read More

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FAMM submits testimony in advance of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM submits testimony in advance of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons WASHINGTON – On Thursday, April 15, the Senate will hold a hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In advance of this hearing, FAMM President Kevin Ring submitted testimony highlighting … Read More

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FAMM announces sponsorship of What Is Life? Podcast

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM announces sponsorship of What Is Life? Podcast What is Life? Features conversations with Pennsylvanians serving life without parole sentences HARRISBURG – As part of FAMM’s three-decade fight against extreme mandatory sentences, it is sponsoring the podcast What is Life?, produced and hosted by Joshua Vaughn a senior reporter at The … Read More

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FAMM welcomes bipartisan House letter encouraging Biden administration to rescind home confinement memo

Thursday, April 8, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org   FAMM welcomes bipartisan House letter encouraging Biden administration to rescind home confinement memo   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to news that more than 25 bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Biden, urging the administration to rescind … Read More

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FAMM and more than 25 organizations urge Biden administration to rescind home confinement memo

Thursday, April 1, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM and more than 25 organizations urge Biden administration to rescind home confinement memo Thousands of people sent to home confinement via the CARES Act will return to prison if they don’t act   WASHINGTON – FAMM joins more than 25 organizations signing on to a letter urging President Biden and … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Senate introduction of the First Step Implementation Act

Friday, March 26, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Senate introduction of the First Step Implementation Act   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in support of the Senate introduction of the First Step Implementation Act. “The First Step Act helped thousands of people get shorter, fairer sentences. But as its name made … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on the introduction of the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2021

Friday, March 26, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement on the introduction of the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2021 U.S. Senate introduces bill that would reduce mandatory minimum penalties for low-level drug offenses WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in support of the U.S. Senate introduction of the Smarter Sentencing … Read More

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FAMM submits testimony in support of Illinois medical release bill

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM submits testimony in support of Illinois medical release bill SPRINGFIELD — FAMM General Counsel Mary Price submitted testimony to the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal Committee in support of a medical release bill providing for early release for medical incapacity or terminal illness. “This bill is an important and overdue reform … Read More

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FAMM sends letter in support of Minnesota second chances bill

Friday, March 12, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM sends letter in support of Minnesota second chances bill ST. PAUL– FAMM sent a letter today to Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler supporting a bill that would give county prosecutors the authority to petition courts to have a person’s sentence adjusted. “There’s no public safety benefit when people … Read More

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FAMM Statement on the House Introduction of EQUAL Act  

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement on the House Introduction of EQUAL Act   U.S. House introduces bill calling for the end of the crack vs powder campaign disparity WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in support of the House introduction of the EQUAL Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced by … Read More

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FAMM issues statement on Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ clemency actions 

Friday, March 5, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM issues statement on Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ clemency actions  HARRISBURG – In response to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons clemency actions today FAMM’s Director of State Policy for Pennsylvania, Celeste Trusty, issued the following statement: “FAMM is beyond grateful the board today recognized the redemption and rehabilitation exhibited by James … Read More

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FAMM joins call urging New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to sign legislation eliminating some of the states’ mandatory minimums

Thursday, March 4, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM joins call urging New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to sign legislation eliminating some of the states’ mandatory minimums TRENTON – FAMM and a coalition of national justice reform organization today sent a letter to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, urging him to sign a bill that would … Read More

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FAMM praises Gov. Tom Wolf for signing commutations

Thursday, February 11, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Gov. Tom Wolf for signing commutations  HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf signed commutations for a group of people who had been supported by the Board of Pardons. FAMM had urged Gov. Wolf to sign the commutations quickly … Read More

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FAMM releases statement after Virginia Senate passes bill eliminating mandatory minimums

Friday, February 5, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement after Virginia Senate passes bill eliminating mandatory minimums RICHMOND – FAMM Deputy Director of Policy Tinsae Gebriel released the following statement after the Virginia House and Senate each passed separate bills aimed at eliminating the state’s mandatory minimums: “This is a truly thrilling moment for Virginia,” Gebriel … Read More

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FAMM praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for including medical parole in budget proposal

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for including medical parole in budget proposal HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement following Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, which included a provision for medical parole. “The tragic loss of nearly 100 of our incarcerated community members and … Read More

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FAMM Statement on DOJ’s Decision to Rescind the Sessions’ Memo

Friday, January 29, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement on DOJ’s Decision to Rescind the Sessions’ Memo WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it was rescinding the charging memo issued by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: We are pleased to see the administration … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee vote on mandatory minimums

Friday, January 29, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee vote on mandatory minimums RICHMOND – FAMM Deputy Director of Policy Tinsae Gebriel released the following statement after the Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee voted to refer the bill to the House Committee on Appropriations: “While we’re pleased to see the House … Read More

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FAMM and Prison Fellowship Launch #EndTheDisparity Campaign

Thursday, January 28, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM and Prison Fellowship Launch #EndTheDisparity Campaign Campaign calls for the federal elimination of the crack vs powder sentencing disparity WASHINGTON – FAMM and Prison Fellowship have teamed up to launch the #EndTheDisparity Campaign to urge Congress to eliminate the disparity between crack and powder cocaine-related sentences. Both organizations are circulating … Read More

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FAMM Statement on President Trump’s pardons and commutations today

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org   FAMM Statement on President Trump’s pardons and commutations today The advocacy group is happy for all the beneficiaries, but hopes for a fairer clemency process in the future WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement on President Trump’s pardons and commutations: We’re always happy to see presidents and … Read More

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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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FAMM praises Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ actions to support clemency for Dennis and Lee Horton, others

Friday, December 11, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ actions to support clemency for Dennis and Lee Horton, others HARRISBURG – In response to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons supporting clemency for Dennis and Lee Horton, FAMM’s Director of State Policy for Pennsylvania, Celeste Trusty, issued the following statement: “It’s near-impossible not to shed … Read More

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FAMM praises Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ actions to support clemency

Monday, November 16, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ actions to support clemency HARRISBURG – In response to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons supporting clemency for 85 people who are currently on reprieve, FAMM’s Director of State Policy for Pennsylvania, Celeste Trusty, issued the following statement: “Sending these 85 people to Gov. Tom … Read More

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FAMM urges Pennsylvania General Assembly to revise release mechanisms for people in prison due to COVID-19

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Pennsylvania General Assembly to revise release mechanisms for people in prison due to COVID-19 HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to The Pennsylvania General Assembly, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of corrections John Wetzel calling on the assembly to revise and implement release mechanisms in response to increased … Read More

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FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a second chances agenda in Pennsylvania 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a second chances agenda in Pennsylvania  The criminal justice organization calls for expanded use of compassionate release, clemency and second look laws HARRISBURG – FAMM recently announced a new “Second Chances Agenda“ campaign aimed at urging Pennsylvania policymakers to end life without parole, … Read More

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FAMM Praises National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine consensus study report on decarcerating correctional facilities during COVID-19

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Praises National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine consensus study report on decarcerating correctional facilities during COVID-19 WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement praising the release of the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine consensus study report on decarcerating correctional facilities during COVID-19: Every week … Read More

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FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a Second Chances Agenda in Florida

Monday, October 5, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a Second Chances Agenda in Florida The criminal justice organization calls for sentencing reform, compassionate release, clemency and second look laws TALLAHASSEE – FAMM recently announced a new “Second Chances Agenda” campaign aimed at urging Florida policymakers to pass retroactive sentencing reform … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual panel, Second Chances: Pathways Forward in Pennsylvania, with Lt. Governor John Fetterman

Thursday, October 1, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM to host virtual panel, Second Chances: Pathways Forward in Pennsylvania, with Lt. Governor John Fetterman PHILADELPHIA – FAMM is hosting a virtual panel via Zoom with Lt. Governor and Board of Pardons Chairman John Fetterman, discussing the need for second chances in Pennsylvania’s prison system. The session will be held virtually … Read More

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FAMM opposes proposed new mandatory minimum in Florida, will review proposed “Anti-Riot” legislation

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM opposes proposed new mandatory minimum in Florida, will review proposed “Anti-Riot” legislation TALLAHASSEE – FAMM’s Florida state director Greg Newburn released the following statement in response to the announcement yesterday by Governor Ron DeSantis of proposed legislation to increase penalties on convictions for offenses committed during protests: “Protecting lives, liberty, … Read More

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Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to host virtual screening of FAMM’s trial penalty documentary “The Vanishing Trial”

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to host virtual screening of FAMM’s trial penalty documentary “The Vanishing Trial” HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting a virtual screening and panel discussion of FAMM’s new documentary “The Vanishing Trial” which takes a deep dive into the trial penalty in … Read More

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FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a Second Chances Agenda 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a Second Chances Agenda  The criminal justice organization calls for expanded use of compassionate release, clemency, and second look laws WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM announces a new “Second Chances Agenda“ campaign aimed at urging state and federal policymakers to increase their use … Read More

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FAMM releases results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire

Friday, August 28, 2020

For media inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire Questions were sent to all Pennsylvania legislative candidates, though not all responded HARRISBURG – FAMM has released the results of its candidate questionnaire, allowing Pennsylvania’s voters to see where candidates for the state Legislature stand on 10 proposed criminal justice reforms covering a … Read More

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FAMM Urges Congress Not to Rush Sentencing Commission Nominations

Friday, August 14, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Urges Congress Not to Rush Sentencing Commission Nominations WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter today to Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urging them to refrain from filling vacancies on the U.S. Sentencing Commission until next year when the nominees … Read More

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FAMM urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to broaden clemency considerations

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to broaden clemency considerations HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, urging them to broaden consideration of clemency, reflecting the desires of the public at large. “We’re calling on the Board of Pardons to … Read More

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FAMM, Florida Cares release results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire 

Friday, July 24, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, Florida Cares release results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire  Questions were sent to all Florida legislative candidates, though not all responded TALLAHASSEE – FAMM and Florida Cares have released the initial results of their candidate questionnaire, allowing Florida’s voters to see where candidates for the state Legislature stand on … Read More

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FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T Project release results of Arizona criminal justice reform candidate questionnaire

Friday, July 24, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T Project release results of Arizona criminal justice reform candidate questionnaire Questions were sent to all Arizona legislative candidates, though not all responded PHOENIX – FAMM and The S.T.A.R.T Project have released the results of their candidate questionnaire, allowing Arizona’s voters to see where candidates for the state legislature … Read More

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FAMM thrilled to see Cynthia Powell released from prison

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM thrilled to see Cynthia Powell released from prison Encouraging similar second-look action from State Attorneys across Florida TALLAHASSEE – FAMM’s directory of Florida Policy Greg Newburn released the following statement in response to the release of Cynthia Powell from state prison last week. Powell, a first-time offender, was released last Friday after serving more … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual screening of The Vanishing Trial, a documentary about the trial penalty this weekend

Thursday, July 9, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM to host virtual screening of The Vanishing Trial, a documentary about the trial penalty A panel discussion featuring Lt. Governor John Fetterman will follow on Monday WASHINGTON – FAMM is hosting a virtual screening and panel discussion of their new documentary “The Vanishing Trial” which takes a deep dive into … Read More

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FAMM issues statement following death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution

Monday, June 22, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM issues statement following death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution ORLANDO – FAMM Director of Florida Policy Greg Newburn issued the following statement following the death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution (CI): “We are deeply disturbed by the news of another death … Read More

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FAMM praises Tennessee legislature passing drug-free school zone reform

Thursday, June 18, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Tennessee legislature passing drug-free school zone reform NASHVILLE – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement today following the Tennessee House passing a bill to reform drug-free school zone laws. The bill, which passed in the Senate last week, now moves to Gov. Lee’s desk … Read More

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NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Disappointed in Small Number of Commutations in New York

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Ivan J. Dominguez, Senior Director of Public Affairs & Communications, NACDL, 202-465-7662, idominguez@nacdl.org  Rabiah Alicia Burks, Director of Communications, FAMM, 202-999-4258, rburks@famm.org NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Disappointed in Small Number of Commutations in New York The NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Calls on Governor Cuomo to Increase and Regularize Grants; ‘The Robust Exercise … Read More

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FAMM Statement on Policing Reform in Pennsylvania

Monday, June 15, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Statement on Policing Reform in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement in support of efforts to advance and pass legislation that would transform the way policing is carried out in Pennsylvania: FAMM supports policing reform in Pennsylvania. We know that … Read More

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FAMM praises Tennessee Senate passing drug-free school zone reform

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Tennessee Senate passing drug-free school zone reform Senate has taken the important first step of mitigating the devastating burden of Tennessee’s drug-free school zone laws NASHVILLE – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement today following the Tennessee Senate’s passage of a … Read More

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The Vanishing Trial: FAMM, NACDL launch documentary about the trial penalty

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org The Vanishing Trial: FAMM, NACDL launch documentary about the trial penalty Vanita Gupta, Brittany Barnett, Clark Neily, and Norman Reimer to participate in panel discussion about the film WASHINGTON – FAMM and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) are hosting a virtual screening and panel discussion … Read More

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FAMM Statement on Racism in America’s Justice System

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement on Racism in America’s Justice System WASHINGTON – FAMM released the following statement in response to the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests against racism in America’s justice system: As a leading criminal justice reform organization, FAMM recognizes that our advocacy must more explicitly … Read More

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FAMM, Florida Cares send criminal justice questionnaire to all Florida legislative candidates

Monday, June 1, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, Florida Cares send criminal justice questionnaire to all Florida legislative candidates TALLAHASSEE – FAMM and Florida Cares are teaming up to ask candidates running for the Florida Legislature a series of questions aimed at discerning where the candidates stand on 12 proposed criminal justice reforms covering a … Read More

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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’s virtual briefing on home confinement available to stream

Friday, October 1, 2021

Media Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM’s virtual briefing on home confinement available to stream Short panels discuss employment, family life and the struggles of serving uncertain home confinement terms   WASHINGTON – FAMM’s virtual briefing discussing the ongoing issues surrounding those released to home confinement during the pandemic is now available on FAMM’s YouTube channel. … Read More

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FAMM statement on the House passage of the EQUAL Act

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM statement on the House passage of the EQUAL Act   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives passage of the EQUAL Act today. The EQUAL Act would end the disparity in federal prison sentences for crack and powder cocaine-related crimes. “After the … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following law enforcement letter advocating clemency for those on home confinement

Friday, September 24, 2021

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org   FAMM releases statement following law enforcement letter advocating clemency for those on home confinement   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after 75 current former prosecutors and police officers sent a letter to President Biden urging him to grant clemency to those serving on home confinement pursuant to … Read More

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