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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 issues statement following Virginia legislature’s failure to repeal the state’s mandatory minimums

Saturday, February 27, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM issues statement following Virginia legislature’s failure to repeal the state’s mandatory minimums RICHMOND – FAMM Deputy Director of Policy Tinsae Gebriel released the following statement after the Virginia legislature failed to repeal the states’ mandatory minimums: “We’re greatly disappointed that Virginia failed to repeal its mandatory minimum sentencing laws this session. … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Arizona House committee vote on prison oversight

Monday, February 22, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Arizona House committee vote on prison oversight PHOENIX – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement after the Arizona House of Representatives appropriations committee passed a bill that would create independent oversight in Arizona’s prisons. “The recent database fiasco is just one … Read More

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FAMM praises Gov. Tom Wolf for signing commutations

Thursday, February 11, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Gov. Tom Wolf for signing commutations  HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf signed commutations for a group of people who had been supported by the Board of Pardons. FAMM had urged Gov. Wolf to sign the commutations quickly … Read More

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FAMM releases statement after Virginia Senate passes bill eliminating mandatory minimums

Friday, February 5, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement after Virginia Senate passes bill eliminating mandatory minimums RICHMOND – FAMM Deputy Director of Policy Tinsae Gebriel released the following statement after the Virginia House and Senate each passed separate bills aimed at eliminating the state’s mandatory minimums: “This is a truly thrilling moment for Virginia,” Gebriel … Read More

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FAMM praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for including medical parole in budget proposal

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for including medical parole in budget proposal HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement following Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, which included a provision for medical parole. “The tragic loss of nearly 100 of our incarcerated community members and … Read More

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FAMM urges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to immediately sign commutations recommended to him by Board of Pardons

Monday, February 1, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to immediately sign commutations recommended to him by Board of Pardons   HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to Governor Tom Wolf urging him to sign the commutations recommended to him by the Board of Pardons. The letter … Read More

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