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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 Tripp Laino at 202-999-4273.

For FAMM’s work at the state level, contact John Norton at 202-999-4268.

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:

SAFE Justice Act Does More Than Tinker Around the Edges of Federal Sentencing Reform

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) hailed today’s introduction of the Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective Justice Reinvestment Act of 2015 (SAFE Justice Act) in the U.S. House of Representatives. “This bill does more than tinker around the edges,” said FAMM President Julie Stewart, who spoke at the press conference hosted by … Read More

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Great news! Nearly 10,000 Federal Prisoners Have Received Sentence Reductions Under All Drugs Minus Two

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Media contact: Mike Riggs, More than 12,000 federal prisoners have applied for re-sentencing under All Drugs Minus Two, and nearly 10,000 have been granted shorter sentences, according to data released today by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. These shorter sentences are the result of All Drugs Minus Two (formally known as Amendment 782),  which lowered the … Read More

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Pennsylvania’s Drug and Gun Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What happened in Pennsylvania? The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion on June 15 that found unconstitutional the state’s Drug Free School Zones Act, which set mandatory minimum sentences for selling drugs near schools. The court’s reasoning applies to nearly all of the state’s drug- and gun-related mandatory minimum sentencing laws and will therefore … Read More

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More than 100 Former Federal Prosecutors, Judges, and Other Former Law Enforcement Officials Call for Federal Sentencing Reform

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In a letter sent Tuesday to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate judiciary committees, 130 former federal prosecutors, federal judges, state attorneys general, and other former high-ranking law enforcement officials from across the country called on members of Congress to pass federal sentencing reform. “Individuals most likely to receive a [federal] mandatory … Read More

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FAMM Testifies Before Mass. Judiciary Committee on Need to Repeal Harsh Drug Sentencing Laws

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mandatory minimums prevent addicts from getting treatment; public safety and state budget better protected when sentences fit the crime MEDIA Contact: Barbara Dougan, (617) 543-0878,, or Mike Riggs, (202) 822-6700, BOSTON – Today Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) will testify before the legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee in support of bills to repeal harsh “one … Read More

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Elderly Prisoner Release Program Would Expand Under New Second Chance Reauthorization Act

Thursday, June 4, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Riggs, 202-822-6706, Families Against Mandatory Minimums is excited to announce that the newly reintroduced Second Chance Reauthorization Act will include expanded provisions for the release of elderly federal prisoners. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act, introduced today by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Patrick Leahy … Read More

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