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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 sends letter in support of Minnesota second chances bill

Friday, March 12, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM sends letter in support of Minnesota second chances bill ST. PAUL– FAMM sent a letter today to Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler supporting a bill that would give county prosecutors the authority to petition courts to have a person’s sentence adjusted. “There’s no public safety benefit when people … Read More

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FAMM Statement on the House Introduction of EQUAL Act  

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement on the House Introduction of EQUAL Act   U.S. House introduces bill calling for the end of the crack vs powder campaign disparity WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in support of the House introduction of the EQUAL Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced by … Read More

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FAMM issues statement on Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ clemency actions 

Friday, March 5, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM issues statement on Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ clemency actions  HARRISBURG – In response to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons clemency actions today FAMM’s Director of State Policy for Pennsylvania, Celeste Trusty, issued the following statement: “FAMM is beyond grateful the board today recognized the redemption and rehabilitation exhibited by James … Read More

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FAMM joins call urging New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to sign legislation eliminating some of the states’ mandatory minimums

Thursday, March 4, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM joins call urging New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to sign legislation eliminating some of the states’ mandatory minimums TRENTON – FAMM and a coalition of national justice reform organization today sent a letter to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, urging him to sign a bill that would … Read More

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Will 7,000 people have to return to prison?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org Will 7,000 people have to return to prison? FAMM to host a discussion with five people who may have to return to prison if Biden Administration does not rescind Trump OLC memo WASHINGTON – The Trump DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a legal opinion in the final days of … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Arizona House vote on prison oversight

Monday, March 1, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Arizona House vote on prison oversight PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement after the Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill that would create independent oversight in Arizona’s prisons: “While the avalanche of ongoing crises in Arizona’s prisons seems daunting, … Read More

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