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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.

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

Recent Press Releases:

Matthew Charles, bipartisan groups urge Missouri legislature to pass sentencing reform

Monday, March 25, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org MATTHEW CHARLES, BIPARTISAN GROUPS URGE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE TO PASS SENTENCING REFORM JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today, criminal justice reform advocates and Matthew Charles, the first beneficiary of the First Step Act, urged lawmakers at the Missouri State Capitol to pass meaningful sentencing reform this year. Charles served 21 years in federal prison for … Read More

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Trump State of the Union Guest Matthew Charles and Advocates Will Host Press Conference at Missouri State Capitol to Urge the Passage of Sentencing Reform

Friday, March 22, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org Trump State of the Union Guest Matthew Charles and Advocates Will Host Press Conference at Missouri State Capitol to Urge the Passage of Sentencing Reform JEFFERSON CITY – Criminal justice reform advocates and Matthew Charles, President Donald Trump’s State of the Union guest, will hold a press conference on Monday, March 25 … Read More

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FAMM Urges Congress to Fix Good Time Mistake Made in the First Step Act

Monday, March 18, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Urges Congress to Fix Good Time Mistake Made in the First Step Act Drafting error causes delays in the implementation of Good Time provision of the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill WASHINGTON – FAMM today called on Congress to correct a drafting error in the First Step Act, which has resulted … Read More

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FAMM, Education Trust to Discuss Second Chances Through the Restoration of Pell Grant Eligibility to Prisoners

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The organizations will host an afternoon briefing on Capitol Hill on March 20. Washington – FAMM and Education Trust will bring together corrections and education experts as well as former prisoners to discuss the need to reverse the Pell Grant ban and bring college funding and education back into our prisons. The briefing, “Second Chances for … Read More

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Advocates Challenge Lawmakers to “Beat the Heat” in Hot Prison Cell Simulation at the Austin Capitol

Thursday, March 7, 2019

presspre Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org Advocates Challenge Lawmakers to “Beat the Heat” in Hot Prison Cell Simulation at the Austin Capitol TPAA will launch interactive exhibit that mimics the extreme heat conditions experienced by Texas prisoners. AUSTIN – Texas Prisons Air-Conditioning Advocates (TPPA), with the support of the national criminal justice reform group FAMM, is hosting a “Beat … Read More

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FAMM to BOP: Implement key prison reforms now

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM to BOP: Implement Key Prison Reforms Now WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today sent a letter to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons Hugh Hurwitz, urging them to fully implement key provisions of the First Step Act. Ring also released the following … Read More

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