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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. To arrange an interview or request assistance with a story, please contact FAMM’s Director of Communications, Rabiah Burks at rburks@famm.org.

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 or click on the bills below:

Ready to become an expert in federal sentencing? Visit our briefing book on mandatory minimum sentences for congressional staff.

Recent Press Releases:

FAMM hosts screening of award-winning HBO documentary “The Sentence” in North Carolina

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM HOSTS SCREENING OF AWARD-WINNING HBO DOCUMENTARY “THE SENTENCE” IN NORTH CAROLINA NC State Rep. Jon Hardister and impacted family members Tammy and Kenny Stanley to discuss how mandatory drug sentences affect families. Greensboro, N.C. – The criminal justice reform advocacy group FAMM, in collaboration with … Read More

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Reform Groups React to OPPAGA “Low-Level Offenders” Report

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org REFORM GROUPS REACT TO OPPAGA “LOW-LEVEL OFFENDERS” REPORT TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Right on Crime, FAMM, and the James Madison Institute today responded to a new report by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) by calling on the legislature to adopt reforms they say would yield better public safety … Read More

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FAMM applauds the imminent release of Matthew Charles

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM APPLAUDS THE IMMINENT RELEASE OF MATTHEW CHARLES Charles likely is the first beneficiary of the First Step Act. WASHINGTON – The national criminal justice reform organization FAMM applauds the imminent release of Matthew Charles, likely the first beneficiary of the First Step Act. A federal judge today in Tennessee resentenced Charles … Read More

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FAMM Celebrates Enactment of the First Step Act

Friday, December 21, 2018

Contact Rabiah Burks, 202.822.6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Celebrates Enactment of the First Step Act The criminal justice organization says the bill will provide much-needed relief for families.  WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring commended President Donald Trump for signing the First Step Act into law today: “Today is a day to celebrate. We are so happy … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Senate Passage of the First Step Act

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org   FAMM Applauds Senate Passage of the First Step Act The criminal justice organization says family advocates paved the way for reform. WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of the First Step Act (S. 3747) by a vote of … Read More

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FAMM Launches #MyMailMatters Campaign in Pennsylvania

Friday, December 14, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Launches #MyMailMatters Campaign in Pennsylvania The criminal justice group is organizing families to fight for the rights of prisoners to receive real mail. PHILADELPHIA – The national criminal justice reform group FAMM is fighting to ensure that prisoners in Pennsylvania are able to receive original, hand-written letters, photographs, and greeting cards … Read More

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