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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 urges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to immediately sign commutations recommended to him by Board of Pardons

Monday, February 1, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to immediately sign commutations recommended to him by Board of Pardons   HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to Governor Tom Wolf urging him to sign the commutations recommended to him by the Board of Pardons. The letter … 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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