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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, The S.T.A.R.T Project release results of Arizona criminal justice reform candidate questionnaire

Friday, July 24, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T Project release results of Arizona criminal justice reform candidate questionnaire Questions were sent to all Arizona legislative candidates, though not all responded PHOENIX – FAMM and The S.T.A.R.T Project have released the results of their candidate questionnaire, allowing Arizona’s voters to see where candidates for the state legislature … Read More

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FAMM thrilled to see Cynthia Powell released from prison

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM thrilled to see Cynthia Powell released from prison Encouraging similar second-look action from State Attorneys across Florida TALLAHASSEE – FAMM’s directory of Florida Policy Greg Newburn released the following statement in response to the release of Cynthia Powell from state prison last week. Powell, a first-time offender, was released last Friday after serving more … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual screening of The Vanishing Trial, a documentary about the trial penalty this weekend

Thursday, July 9, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM to host virtual screening of The Vanishing Trial, a documentary about the trial penalty A panel discussion featuring Lt. Governor John Fetterman will follow on Monday WASHINGTON – FAMM is hosting a virtual screening and panel discussion of their new documentary “The Vanishing Trial” which takes a deep dive into … Read More

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Debi Ghate Joins FAMM Board of Directors

Thursday, July 2, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Debi Ghate Joins FAMM Board of Directors WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Debi Ghate, The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, will join the organization’s board of directors. “I am so glad Debi has agreed to join the board — she’s been … Read More

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FAMM issues statement following death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution

Monday, June 22, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM issues statement following death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution ORLANDO – FAMM Director of Florida Policy Greg Newburn issued the following statement following the death of a state prisoner at Lake Correctional Institution (CI): “We are deeply disturbed by the news of another death … Read More

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Rabiah Burks Named FAMM Vice President of Communications

Thursday, June 18, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Rabiah Burks Named FAMM Vice President of Communications WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Rabiah Burks has been promoted to FAMM’s Vice President of Communications. Burks most recently served as FAMM’s Director of Communications. “Rabiah is a leader in our organization, and her new position better … Read More

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