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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 praises Tennessee Senate passing drug-free school zone reform

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Tennessee Senate passing drug-free school zone reform Senate has taken the important first step of mitigating the devastating burden of Tennessee’s drug-free school zone laws NASHVILLE – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement today following the Tennessee Senate’s passage of a … Read More

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The Vanishing Trial: FAMM, NACDL launch documentary about the trial penalty

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org The Vanishing Trial: FAMM, NACDL launch documentary about the trial penalty Vanita Gupta, Brittany Barnett, Clark Neily, and Norman Reimer to participate in panel discussion about the film WASHINGTON – FAMM and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) are hosting a virtual screening and panel discussion … Read More

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FAMM Statement on Racism in America’s Justice System

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement on Racism in America’s Justice System WASHINGTON – FAMM released the following statement in response to the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests against racism in America’s justice system: As a leading criminal justice reform organization, FAMM recognizes that our advocacy must more explicitly … Read More

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FAMM, Florida Cares send criminal justice questionnaire to all Florida legislative candidates

Monday, June 1, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, Florida Cares send criminal justice questionnaire to all Florida legislative candidates TALLAHASSEE – FAMM and Florida Cares are teaming up to ask candidates running for the Florida Legislature a series of questions aimed at discerning where the candidates stand on 12 proposed criminal justice reforms covering a … Read More

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FAMM urges legislature to depopulate Pennsylvania’s prisons

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges legislature to depopulate Pennsylvania’s prisons HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the prison reprieve process. “Pennsylvania has the highest incarceration rate in the northeast, and with it, an obligation to reduce … Read More

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FAMM Praises the Introduction of the Emergency GRACE Act

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Praises the Introduction of the Emergency GRACE Act The bill would fast-track compassionate release grants during COVID-19 WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Emergency Grants of Release And Compassion Effectively Act of 2020 (Emergency GRACE Act) … Read More

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