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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

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:

FAMM praises Missouri legislature for passing sentencing reform

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700    FAMM PRAISES MISSOURI LEGISLATURE FOR PASSING SENTENCING REFORM JEFFERSON CITY, MO – In a last-minute push to pass sentencing reform, the Missouri House of Representatives passed HB 192 on Monday by a vote of 138-11, sending the bill to Governor Mike Parson for signature and enactment into law. HB 192, sponsored … Read More

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FAMM responds to Allegheny County District Attorney’s failure to attend criminal justice forum

Monday, May 13, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 FAMM RESPONDS TO ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S FAILURE TO ATTEND CRIMINAL JUSTICE FORUM ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to District Attorney Zappala’s failure to attend the 2019 Allegheny County District Attorney’s Candidate Forum on May 8th and the comments … Read More

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FAMM disappointed in legislature’s failure to pass meaningful sentencing reform

Friday, May 3, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 FAMM DISAPPOINTED IN LEGISLATURE’S FAILURE TO PASS MEANINGFUL SENTENCING REFORM TALLAHASSEE – FAMM State Policy Director Greg Newburn released the following statement in response to the Florida legislature’s failure to pass sentencing reform legislation: Along with tens of thousands of heartbroken families who believed the legislature would finally tackle meaningful sentencing reform this year, … Read More

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FAMM supports new Pennsylvania life without parole reform bills

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 FAMM SUPPORTS NEW PENNSYLVANIA LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE REFORM BILLS WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to the introduction of two life without parole sentencing reform bills by Sen. Sharif Street (D-3) and Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-179) in the Pennsylvania General Assembly: Pennsylvania … Read More

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Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune

FAMM disappointed in the changes to Texas heat bill

Monday, April 29, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 FAMM DISAPPOINTED IN THE CHANGES TO TEXAS HEAT BILL Instead of providing relief to prisoners during extremely hot summers, the bill calls for a two-year study and report on the cost of providing air conditioning in prisons. AUSTIN, TEXAS — FAMM today expressed disappointment in the Texas House Committee on Corrections for … Read More

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FAMM applauds introduction of North Carolina Next Step Act

Friday, April 26, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700  FAMM APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF NORTH CAROLINA NEXT STEP ACT The bill includes prison reforms that would strengthen families and reduce recidivism. RALEIGH, NC – FAMM applauds the introduction of the North Carolina Next Step Act, HB 988, by Reps. Holly Grange (R-20), Rena Turner (R-84), and Jon Hardister (R-59). The bill complements … Read More

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