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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 on unanimous Tennessee Senate vote on retroactive drug-free school zone reform

Monday, April 11, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on unanimous Tennessee Senate vote on retroactive drug-free school zone reform   NASHVILLE – FAMM policy associate Matthew Charles released the following statement in response to the Tennessee Senate unanimously passing a bill which applies drug-free school zone sentencing changes retroactively. “This is a great day … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual panel, “The Challenges to Passing Independent Prison Oversight in the States” on April 13

Thursday, April 7, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org   FAMM to host virtual panel, “The Challenges to Passing Independent Prison Oversight in the States” on April 13   WASHINGTON – FAMM is hosting a virtual panel, “The Challenges to Passing Independent Prison Oversight in the States” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. Our nation’s state prisons … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual panel, “The Need for Independent Oversight of Federal Prisons: 4 Women Speak” on April 6

Friday, April 1, 2022

For media inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM to host virtual panel, “The Need for Independent Oversight of Federal Prisons: 4 Women Speak” on April 6   WASHINGTON – FAMM is hosting a virtual panel “The Need for Independent Oversight of Federal Prisons: 4 Women Speak” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. This panel will examine the … Read More

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FAMM and Pennsylvania Prison Society urge Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections to end $5 medical copays for incarcerated people

Thursday, March 31, 2022

For Media Inquiries: John Norton, 202-999-4268 jnorton@famm.org FAMM and Pennsylvania Prison Society urge Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections to end $5 medical copays for incarcerated people  MECHANICSBURG – FAMM and the Pennsylvania Prison Society sent a joint letter today to Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections George Little asking for the permanent elimination of the $5 medical copay for incarcerated … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual panel, Pardon Me: Clemency 101, Sen. Sharif Street, Philadelphia Councilmember Cindy Bass and Pennsylvania Board of Pardons Secretary Celeste Trusty

Thursday, March 17, 2022

For Media Inquiries: John Norton, 202-999-4268 jnorton@famm.org FAMM to host virtual panel, Pardon Me: Clemency 101, Sen. Sharif Street, Philadelphia Councilmember Cindy Bass and Pennsylvania Board of Pardons Secretary Celeste Trusty   PHILADELPHIA – FAMM is hosting a virtual panel on clemency, Pardon Me: Clemency 101 in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, March 23 from noon–1:30 p.m. “After decades of clemency being effectively dormant in Pennsylvania, grants … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on new guidance memo on compassionate release waivers from Department of Justice

Thursday, March 10, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on new guidance memo on compassionate release waivers from Department of Justice    WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement after news broke that the Department of Justice would be issuing new guidance putting an end to a requirement in some jurisdictions that defendants who plead … Read More

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