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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:

Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to host virtual screening of FAMM’s trial penalty documentary “The Vanishing Trial”

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to host virtual screening of FAMM’s trial penalty documentary “The Vanishing Trial” HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting a virtual screening and panel discussion of FAMM’s new documentary “The Vanishing Trial” which takes a deep dive into the trial penalty in … Read More

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FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a Second Chances Agenda 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a Second Chances Agenda  The criminal justice organization calls for expanded use of compassionate release, clemency, and second look laws WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM announces a new “Second Chances Agenda“ campaign aimed at urging state and federal policymakers to increase their use … Read More

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FAMM releases results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire

Friday, August 28, 2020

For media inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire Questions were sent to all Pennsylvania legislative candidates, though not all responded HARRISBURG – FAMM has released the results of its candidate questionnaire, allowing Pennsylvania’s voters to see where candidates for the state Legislature stand on 10 proposed criminal justice reforms covering a … Read More

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FAMM Urges Congress Not to Rush Sentencing Commission Nominations

Friday, August 14, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Urges Congress Not to Rush Sentencing Commission Nominations WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter today to Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urging them to refrain from filling vacancies on the U.S. Sentencing Commission until next year when the nominees … Read More

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FAMM urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to broaden clemency considerations

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to broaden clemency considerations HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, urging them to broaden consideration of clemency, reflecting the desires of the public at large. “We’re calling on the Board of Pardons to … Read More

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FAMM, Florida Cares release results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire 

Friday, July 24, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, Florida Cares release results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire  Questions were sent to all Florida legislative candidates, though not all responded TALLAHASSEE – FAMM and Florida Cares have released the initial results of their candidate questionnaire, allowing Florida’s voters to see where candidates for the state Legislature stand on … Read More

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