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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:

John Wetzel, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections, joins FAMM Board of Directors

Thursday, December 22, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org John Wetzel, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections, joins FAMM Board of Directors WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that John Wetzel, the former Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections, will join the organization’s board of directors. “We are thrilled to welcome John to our board,” said Ring. “He is a nationally … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on EQUAL Act not being included in the omnibus appropriations bill

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on EQUAL Act not being included in the omnibus appropriations bill WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after the Senate failed to include the EQUAL Act in the omnibus appropriations bill, killing this significant opportunity to right this historic wrong: This is shameful. Congress heard … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on new prosecutorial charging guidance memos from the Department of Justice 

Friday, December 16, 2022

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement on new prosecutorial charging guidance memos from the Department of Justice  WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to Attorney General Garland’s issuance of two memos, which provide guidance to federal prosecutors when charging criminal cases: “This is good news,” Ring said. “Any move to limit … Read More

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FAMM submits testimony to Senate Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on sexual abuse of women in federal prisons

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM submits testimony to Senate Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on sexual abuse of women in federal prisons WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring submitted testimony to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, for the hearing on “Sexual Abuse of Female Inmates in Federal Prisons”. “Many survivors of sexual abuse at Dublin and … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following verdict in trial of Ray J. Garcia

Thursday, December 8, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following verdict in trial of Ray J. Garcia WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement after a jury rendered a verdict in the case of Ray J. Garcia, the former warden of Dublin Federal Correctional Institution: “We are happy to see another perpetrator of the … Read More

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Maria Goellner appointed to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org Maria Goellner appointed to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Maria Goellner has been named to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety, which covers sentencing and prison policies. Shapiro, in preparation for taking office in January, has built a transition team … Read More

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