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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 recommends clemency process reforms in letter to Governor Wolf and other officials

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org  FAMM recommends clemency process reforms in letter to Governor Wolf and other officials   HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Maria Goellner sent a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Board of Pardons Secretary K. Celeste Trusty today with twelve recommendations and improvements to Pennsylvania’s clemency process. “Pennsylvania has made great strides … Read More

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FAMM and National Basketball Social Justice Coalition to lobby Congress to pass EQUAL Act

Thursday, February 24, 2022

For media inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM and National Basketball Social Justice Coalition to lobby Congress to pass EQUAL Act   WASHINGTON – FAMM and the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition are launching efforts next week to lobby Congress to pass the EQUAL Act, which passed the House in September by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote. … Read More

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FAMM General Counsel Mary Price to testify in front of Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Committee

Monday, February 7, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM General Counsel Mary Price to testify in front of Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Committee   SALEM – FAMM General Counsel Mary Price will testify in front of Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of legislation to improve compassionate medical release on Tuesday, February 8. “Oregon’s early medical release program has failed … Read More

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FAMM to premiere short film, Second Chance Sisterhood, with panel discussion on February 9

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM to premiere short film, Second Chance Sisterhood, with panel discussion on February 9  RICHMOND – Join FAMM for the Facebook premiere of the short film Second Chance Sisterhood on Wednesday, February 9 at 7 pm. It will be streamed via FAMM’s Facebook page. It tells the inspirational story of Sincere Allah and The Sistas in Prison Reform and their extraordinary journey from prison to freedom, … Read More

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FAMM to host virtual panel, Pardon Me: Understanding Pennsylvania’s Commutation and Pardon Process, with PA Secretary of Pardons Celeste Trusty

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

For Media Inquiries: John Norton, 202-999-4268 jnorton@famm.org   FAMM to host virtual panel, Pardon Me: Understanding Pennsylvania’s Commutation and Pardon Process, with PA Secretary of Pardons Celeste Trusty   HARRISBURG – FAMM is hosting a virtual panel via Zoom with the new Pennsylvania Board of Pardons Secretary Celeste Trusty on Tuesday, February 8 from noon–1 pm. Register for … Read More

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Rajiv Srinivasan Joins FAMM Board of Directors

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Rajiv Srinivasan Joins FAMM Board of Directors   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Rajiv Srinivasan, Global Clients Director for LinkedIn, will join the organization’s board of directors. “We’re very excited to welcome Rajiv to the board. Almost two years ago, Rajiv reached out to me and … Read More

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