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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 announces sponsorship of What Is Life? Podcast

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM announces sponsorship of What Is Life? Podcast What is Life? Features conversations with Pennsylvanians serving life without parole sentences HARRISBURG – As part of FAMM’s three-decade fight against extreme mandatory sentences, it is sponsoring the podcast What is Life?, produced and hosted by Joshua Vaughn a senior reporter at The … Read More

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FAMM welcomes bipartisan House letter encouraging Biden administration to rescind home confinement memo

Thursday, April 8, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org   FAMM welcomes bipartisan House letter encouraging Biden administration to rescind home confinement memo   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to news that more than 25 bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Biden, urging the administration to rescind … Read More

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FAMM and more than 25 organizations urge Biden administration to rescind home confinement memo

Thursday, April 1, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM and more than 25 organizations urge Biden administration to rescind home confinement memo Thousands of people sent to home confinement via the CARES Act will return to prison if they don’t act   WASHINGTON – FAMM joins more than 25 organizations signing on to a letter urging President Biden and … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Senate introduction of the First Step Implementation Act

Friday, March 26, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Senate introduction of the First Step Implementation Act   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in support of the Senate introduction of the First Step Implementation Act. “The First Step Act helped thousands of people get shorter, fairer sentences. But as its name made … Read More

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FAMM releases statement on the introduction of the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2021

Friday, March 26, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM releases statement on the introduction of the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2021 U.S. Senate introduces bill that would reduce mandatory minimum penalties for low-level drug offenses WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in support of the U.S. Senate introduction of the Smarter Sentencing … Read More

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FAMM submits testimony in support of Illinois medical release bill

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM submits testimony in support of Illinois medical release bill SPRINGFIELD — FAMM General Counsel Mary Price submitted testimony to the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal Committee in support of a medical release bill providing for early release for medical incapacity or terminal illness. “This bill is an important and overdue reform … Read More

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