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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:

Arizona’s prisons are failing World Health Organization standards for COVID-19 testing

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Arizona’s prisons are failing World Health Organization standards for COVID-19 testing PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill sent a letter today to Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry Director David Shinn calling for safe and targeted release of vulnerable and … Read More

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Florida prisons are failing World Health Organization standards for COVID-19 testing

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Florida prisons are failing World Health Organization standards for COVID-19 testing TALLAHASSEE – FAMM Florida Director Greg Newburn sent a letter today to FDC Secretary Mark Inch calling for safe and targeted release of vulnerable and low-risk prisoners, increased COVID-19 testing in prisons, and safe staff-to-prisoner ratios in … Read More

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North Carolina’s prisons are failing World Health Organization standards for infection

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org North Carolina’s prisons are failing World Health Organization standards for infection RALEIGH – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill sent a letter today to Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks calling for safe and targeted release of vulnerable and low-risk prisoners, … Read More

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State prisons are failing World Health Organization (WHO) testing standards during COVID-19 crisis

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org State prisons are failing World Health Organization (WHO) testing standards during COVID-19 crisis WASHINGTON – State prisons across the country are failing in their attempts to keep people safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. The WHO has determined that a rate of positive tests above 10 percent means there … Read More

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FAMM Responds to BOP’s Revocation of CARES Act Home Confinement Grants

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

For media inquiries: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Responds to BOP’s Revocation of CARES Act Home Confinement Grants Incarcerated people and their families are outraged and confused by their actions WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring sent a letter today to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Michael Carvajal … Read More

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FAMM to host Facebook Live session with Florida House members Dianne Hart (District 61) and Anna Eskamani (District 47) Thursday, April 16

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM to host Facebook Live session with Florida House members Dianne Hart (District 61) and Anna Eskamani (District 47) Thursday, April 16 TALLAHASSEE – FAMM is hosting a Facebook Live session with Florida House members Dianne Hart (District 61) and Anna Eskamani (District 47), as well as FAMM’s President … Read More

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