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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 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 Arizona House vote on earned release credits bill

Monday, June 28, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Arizona House vote on earned release credits bill   PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement after the Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow people in prison for drug and nonviolent offenses to earn up to 50 … Read More

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Bipartisan organizations call on President Biden to immediately prevent thousands on home confinement from being sent back to federal prison

Monday, June 28, 2021

Contact: Rabiah Burks, rburks@famm.org Brandon Cox, bcox@aclu.org Jon Reinish, jreinish@mercuryllc.com   Bipartisan organizations call on President Biden to immediately prevent thousands on home confinement from being sent back to federal prison WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM, the ACLU, and the Justice Action Network (JAN) called on President Biden to use his clemency authority to prevent approximately 4,000 people … Read More

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Maria Goellner hired as FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Director

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Maria Goellner hired as FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Director  WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Maria Goellner has been hired as FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Director. Goellner most recently served as Assistant Federal Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania. “We are so excited to have someone with Maria’s experience, talent and passion join our team,” said Ring. … Read More

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FAMM Justice Reform Fellow Matthew Charles to Testify Before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Fellow Matthew Charles to Testify Before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee   WASHINGTON – FAMM Justice Reform Fellow Matthew Charles will testify today during the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Examining Federal Sentencing for Crack and Powder Cocaine.” Charles will urge Congress to pass the EQUAL Act, a law that … Read More

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