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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 President Credits Families as First Step Heads to Senate Floor

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM President Credits Families as First Step Heads to Senate Floor WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s announcement that the U.S. Senate would debate and vote on the FIRST STEP Act later this week or early next week: This … Read More

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FAMM Statement on the Nomination of William Barr for U.S. Attorney General

Friday, December 7, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement on the Nomination of William Barr for U.S. Attorney General The criminal justice group raises concerns about the former Attorney General’s commitment to reform.  WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of William Barr as the next U.S. Attorney General: Personnel is policy. … Read More

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FAMM Praises FWD.us Report on Impact of Incarceration on Family

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Praises FWD.us Report on Impact of Incarceration on Family The report finds that approximately 113 million people have a loved one who has been incarcerated  Washington – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement in response to the findings of the first-of-its-kind FWD.us report on the impact of incarceration on … Read More

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FAMM Statement on Findings of NC Task Force on Sentencing Reforms for Opioid Convictions

Monday, December 3, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Statement on Findings of North Carolina’s Task Force on Sentencing Reforms for Opioid Convictions The criminal justice reform group calls for the reform of NC mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws in 2019 WASHINGTON – FAMM’s Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to the release of … Read More

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FAMM celebrates continued drop in Florida’s crime rate

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Celebrates Continued Drop in Florida’s Crime Rate Firearm aggravated assaults fell 5.1% in the first half of 2018 Tallahassee, Fla. – FAMM today celebrated the release of the Florida Police Department of Law Enforcement’s preliminary data that show a continued drop in Florida’s crime rate for the first half of … Read More

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FAMM Partnering With Florida Cares on Criminal Justice Reform

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Partnering With Florida Cares on Criminal Justice Reform The organizations will work together to help families in Florida become advocates for sentencing and prison reform. WASHINGTON – FAMM announced today a partnership with Florida Cares to engage more families with incarcerated loved ones in Florida to become advocates for sentencing and … Read More

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