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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 after California Assembly passes compassionate release bill

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement after California Assembly passes compassionate release bill Senate passed the bill last week, clearing a path to Gov. Newsom’s desk   SACRAMENTO – FAMM General Counsel Mary Price released the following statement after the California Assembly passed a bill that would improve the state’s compassionate release process. The … Read More

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FAMM sends letter inviting US District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez to #VisitAPrison

Monday, August 29, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM sends letter inviting US District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez to #VisitAPrison Alvarez recently ruled against a compassionate release motion for man with stage IV cancer MCALLEN, TEXAS – FAMM sent a letter today to US District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez, who recently denied a compassionate release motion for a man … Read More

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FAMM releases statement after California Senate passes compassionate release bill

Thursday, August 25, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement after California Senate passes compassionate release bill SACRAMENTO – FAMM General Counsel Mary Price released the following statement after the California Senate passing a bill that would improve the state’s compassionate release process. “This bill would vastly improve California’s compassionate release system that today leaves too many sick … Read More

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FAMM welcomes Colie Levar Long as Justice Reform Fellow

Friday, August 19, 2022

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIESJohn Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org  FAMM welcomes Colie Levar Long as Justice Reform Fellow   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring announced today that Colie Levar Long has joined the organization as a Justice Reform Fellow. “When we say people can grow and change, we are not talking in the abstract. We are talking about people like … Read More

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82% of Americans support prison oversight, according to first-ever national poll 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org 82% of Americans support prison oversight, according to first-ever national poll    WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM released the results of the first-ever national poll on prison oversight. Among other findings, an overwhelming 82% of respondents said they believe “that states and the federal government should have a system of independent … Read More

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FAMM urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to have greater transparency in clemency process

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM  urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to have greater transparency in clemency process HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Maria Goellner sent a letter today to Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Boards of Pardons (BOP) in response to the absence of reasoning given for denied clemency applications last week. FAMM urged the … Read More

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